‘America’s tall ship’ to visit Bermuda
A historic vessel dubbed “America’s tall ship” and used to train the US Coast Guard is to call on the island this weekend.
The 295ft United States Coast Guard Cutter Eagle will be moored at Front Street from Saturday to next Wednesday, as part of its summer training deployment.
Tours will be permitted with social distancing from 10am to 7pm on Sunday and Monday, and 3pm to 7pm on Tuesday.
While in port, cadets and crew from the Eagle will participate in community outreach activities with the Royal Bermuda Regiment, Bermuda National Trust, and Bermuda Sloop Foundation.
The vessel is the largest tall ship flying the American flag and the only active square-rigger in US government service.
It was constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German Navy.
But the ship was taken by the US as a war reparation after the Second World War.