USCGC Eagle | Portsmouth Tall Ships 2009

The Coast Guard’s 300′ cutter, The Eagle, was docked at Portsmouth’s State Pier for the weekend’s Tall Ship Festival.  The massive ship serves as the training grounds for all students of the Coast Guard Academy.  The fascinating part about this boat is that it was taken as a war prize from Germany after World War II, where it was originally constructed in 1936.  The ship still bears a nazi plate in the Captain’s quarters as a reminder of its heritage.  More info on the Eagle here:  USCGC EAGLE.

The photos above feature the ship’s helm station, the Eagle figurehead and the massive mast of the ship.

The boat barely made it under the lift span of the Memorial Bridge as seen in yesterday’s post.  The 70+ year old ship was still in remarkable condition, and even during the tour – those responsible for its maintenance continued to keep the decks clear and provided a wealth of information to all of us tourists.  Many thanks to the Coast Guard.

Visit the updated gallery here:  PORTSMOUTH TALL SHIPS 2009

USCGC Eagle | Portsmouth Tall Ships 2009

The Coast Guard’s 300′ cutter, The Eagle, was docked at Portsmouth’s State Pier for the weekend’s Tall Ship Festival.  The massive ship serves as the training grounds for all students of the Coast Guard Academy.  The fascinating part about this boat is that it was taken as a war prize from Germany after World War II, where it was originally constructed in 1936.  The ship still bears a nazi plate in the Captain’s quarters as a reminder of its heritage.  More info on the Eagle here:  USCGC EAGLE.

The photos above feature the ship’s helm station, the Eagle figurehead and the massive mast of the ship.

The boat barely made it under the lift span of the Memorial Bridge as seen in yesterday’s post.  The 70+ year old ship was still in remarkable condition, and even during the tour – those responsible for its maintenance continued to keep the decks clear and provided a wealth of information to all of us tourists.  Many thanks to the Coast Guard.

Visit the updated gallery here:  PORTSMOUTH TALL SHIPS 2009

Portsmouth Tall Ships 2009

The Tall Ships parade is the first official event of the weekend, and features the 4 main tall ships coming from various homes along the east coast (read more here: SEACOASTONLINE).  I camped out on one of the piers at Prescott Park for a vantage point that featured the Memorial Bridge.  The parade is led by a fire boat, always a crowd pleaser, followed closely by the tallest of the four ships, the USCGC Eagle.  I took a tour of the Eagle, and will feature it in Sunday’s post – a massive boat with a fascinating history.

Visit the full gallery here:  FLICKR | Portmsouth Tall Ships 2009

Check back tomorrow for some interesting facts about the Eagle, and some visuals.