The 2013 sailing schedule for the Barque Eagle is very exciting. The ship will be traveling to the Caribbean, along the Eastern Seaboard, and to Canada with cadets and officer candidates, teaching them practical seamanship skills while indoctrinating them in the Coast Guard's afloat leadership laboratory.
Built at the Blohm + Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany in 1936, and commissioned as Horst Wessel, Eagle is one of three sail-training ships operated by the pre-World War II German navy. At the close of the war, the ship was taken as a war reparation by the U.S., re-commissioned as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle and sailed to New London, Connecticut, which has been its homeport ever since. Eagle has offered generations of Coast Guard Academy cadets, and more recently officer candidates, an unparalleled leadership experience at sea.
In March 2013, Eagle will depart New London, Connecticut and the spring officer candidate class will sail to Savannah, Georgia. While in Savannah, the officer candidates will have the opportunity to represent the Coast Guard in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade.
The annual cadet summer training deployment will depart New London on May 11th, and first head to the Caribbean. Riding the trade winds, Eagle will visit Tortola in the British Virgin Islands and Aruba before turning North. The third class cadets will phase change in St. Petersburg, Florida in mid-June. Eagle will then round the tip of Florida and turn Northeast. Following a portcall in Bermuda, Eagle will visit St. Pierre, a French island off the coast of Newfoundland. Sailing Southwest, Eagle will then transit along the coast to Halifax, Canada and Boston, Massachusetts throughout July. In Boston, the third class cadets and their first class cadet division officers will depart and the new swabs and their second class cadre will join the crew.
The schedule for the swab's time onboard has not yet been finalized. Once it is set, it will be announced on this website.
We are looking forward to a tremendous voyage of safe and exciting sailing, hard work, and in-depth leadership training with the future officers of the Coast Guard.
-The crew of the Coast Guard Barque Eagle