Wednesday, July 30, 2008

USCG Eagle: Aboard the Coast Guard's Tall Ship.

Last week there was a parade of tall ships in San Francisco. More than 30 sail-powered vessels participated in the show, but by far the most spectacular of the bunch was the USCG Eagle, a steel-hulled, three-mast ship that's used as a cadet training vessel by the United States Coast Guard.

The Eagle has a fascinating history: Originally built in 1936 by the Nazis, the ship was seized as a war prize by the U.S. military after World War II. Once in American hands, it was turned over to the Coast Guard, and it’s been in use at the Coast Guard Academy ever since.

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