TALL SHIPS WEEKEND:
USCGC Eagle & SSV Oliver Hazard Perry come to Portland!
America's Tall Ship, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter EAGLE will return to Portland this August for an exciting weekend of tours and other events.
Tall Ships Portland and the U.S. Coast Guard are bringing this national treasure to the Portland Ocean Terminal on Friday, August, 4 through Monday August 7.
Public Tour Times
- Saturday August 5th, 10am-7pm
- Sunday August 6th, 10am-7pm
- Oliver Hazard Perry
- Saturday August 5th, 10am-5pm
- Sunday August 6th, 10am-5pm
The EAGLE, a 295-foot seagoing classroom from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, has a crew of about 50 and will have nearly 100 academy cadets on board. EAGLE is a three-masted barque that tours the world as a goodwill ambassador of the United States, while training cadets and officer candidates for future assignments in America's smallest military branch.
"What a fitting coincidence it is for EAGLE to arrive in Portland on Coast Guard Day, the 227th birthday of this great service," said Alex Agnew, President of Tall Ships Portland. "We are so honored to be the hosting organization for the visit and to work closely with our local Coast Guard command."
Each summer, EAGLE conducts port visits in different parts of the world, having sailed to Europe and Australia in previous years. This summer, Portland will be the ninth stop in an eleven-port tour that will include Quebec City and Bermuda.
"A visit from EAGLE brings attention to other things besides the ship itself," said Capt. Michael Baroody, Commander of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. "Aside from being a spectacular ship and a great part of American history, it brings attention to the important work that the local Coast Guard community does in northern New England."
EAGLE will arrive in Portland at about 10:00 a.m. on a Friday morning. EAGLE will be open for public tours, which are free, throughout the weekend. Exact tour times will be published as the visit draws nearer.
"We have received fantastic support from the City of Portland," said Tall Ships Portland Events Director Paul Wolf. "As their passenger numbers have continued to soar, they found room to support a visit from Eagle."
EAGLE and the Coast Guard will also be welcomed to Hadlock Field on Sunday August 6 for Coast Guard Day at the Portland Sea Dogs. Cadets and crew of the EAGLE will be honored guests of the Sea Dogs organization and will take part in ceremonies marking the visit and the service of the Coast Guard.