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Press Release | Sept. 26, 2023

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle to offer public tours during visit to Boston

BOSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” is scheduled to arrive in Boston, Thursday.

The Eagle will moor in Charlestown, behind the USS Constitution Sept. 28-30, and will be open for free public tours.

Tours will be available for the following date and times:

  • Thursday (12 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Friday (10a.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • Saturday (10a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Note: Tours for military and first responders begin one hour prior to posted tour times on Friday and Saturday. 

At 295 feet in length, Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in United States government service. Eagle has served as a classroom at sea to future Coast Guard officers since 1946, offering an at-sea leadership and professional development experience as part of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy curriculum. 

Eagle is a three-masted barque with more than 22,300 square feet of sail and 6 miles of rigging. The cutter was constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany. Originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German navy, Eagle was a war reparation for the United States following World War II.

Additional information about the Eagle can be found here. The Eagle's design dimensions can be found here.

For more information about Eagle, including port cities, tour schedules, and current events, follow the "United States Coast Guard Barque EAGLE" Facebook page or on Instagram @barqueeagle. All U.S. Coast Guard imagery is in the public domain and is encouraged to be shared widely.