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Front Street this weekend hosted a spectacular visitor — the US Coast Guard Cutter

Eagle.

The

Eagle arrived in Bermuda on Saturday morning to a warm greeting by Premier Craig Cannonier, Governor George Fergusson and US Counsul General Robert Settje.

Mr Settje praised the vessel, calling the 295ft square rigger one of the finest ships in the US fleet.

“It’s wonderful that they have come to Bermuda on a goodwill mission,” he said. “They have been here in the past, and we hope they continue to come to Bermuda, but we are really, really happy they are here today.

The

Eagle and it’s 60-person crew is currently engaged in the training of more than a hundred cadets from the US Naval Academy and Coast Guard Academy.

Since the ship arrived on the Island, it has hosted numerous free tours for the public while the cadets have taken part in community projects with, Keep Bermuda Beautiful, and Bermuda Habitat for Humanity.

Captain Wes Pulver said he and the crew are thrilled to be in Bermuda as part of their training mission, noting the crew have been at sea since May 9 and spent around 70 percent of that time driven by sail.

He stressed the importance of sail training in the modern Coast Guard, saying: “For one, in the Coast Guard you have to respect the weather. This vessel was built 77 years ago with the idea of bringing crew members together in the weather.

“It takes a lot of hard work, a lot of leadership and for many of these young men and women this is their first chance to sail.

“We put them in the weather. They get cold, they get tired, they get wet but those are the conditions of the Coast Guard. We tend to be cold and wet and tired very often but we execute our missions.”

Boatswain’s Mate Garrett Henderson said: “I’ve been on board for a year and a half now, and it’s been an incredible experience. Definitely the hardest work I’ve ever done in my life, but very rewarding experience, being able to climb all the way up top to the lights in all sorts of weather.

“As the Captain said, it’s a good way to get a respect for the wind and the elements. I didn’t realise how powerful the wind was until I had a thousand square foot sail beating me in my face while I was trying to furl it.”

Cadet Lauren Young was previously on board the Eagle two years ago as a sophomore in the Coast Guard Academy, and chose to return to help train the younger cadets.

“Training is the main focus of the ship for cadets,” she said. “That’s the main goal, to train them in damage control, basic ship handling, sailing, all of that.

“Every cadet at the Academy has to come on board Eagle as part of the training process, so the Academy definitely values it.”

After her previous trip brought her to the Arctic circle during a trans-Atlantic crossing, she said she was glad to be visiting warmer waters.

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Eagle will be open for tours today between 10am and 7pm.

The US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle arrived in Bermuda on Saturday, as the island is one of its many stops as the vessel travels throughout the Caribbean, Eastern Seaboard and to Canada with cadets and officers, teaching them everyday seamanship skills. (Photo by Akil Simmons)
US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle Arrival: Left- Captain Wes Pulver and US Counsul General Robert Settje.(Photo by Akil Simmons)
US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle Arrival: Cadet Lauren Young. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published July 01, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm)

Eagle makes spectacular landing in Bermuda

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