Vessel Type: Barque
Homeport: New London, CT
Sparred length: 295’
Rig height: 147’
Sail area: 22,000 square feet
Power: 1,000 HP diesel Caterpillar D399 engine
Hull: riveted steel
One of five sister ships built for sail training in Germany in the 1930s, Eagle was included in reparations paid to the United States following World War II and the Coast Guard took her over as a training ship.
Aboard the Eagle, cadets have a chance to put into practice the navigation, engineering, and other skills they are taught at the Coast Guard Academy. As underclassmen, they fill positions normally taken by the enlisted crew of a ship, including watches. They handle more than 20,000 square feet of sail and more than 20 miles of rigging. Over 200 lines must be coordinated during a major ship maneuver and the cadets must learn the name and function of each. As upperclassmen, they perform officer-level functions. For many, their tour of duty aboard the Eagle is their first experience of life at sea and it is here that they learn to serve as the leaders they will one day become in the Coast Guard.
Eagle is safely maintained and operated by six officers and 49 crew who are stationed on board for two to three years at a time. This experienced core provides leadership and coaching to over 700 trainees and 60 short term temporary crew each year.