In anticipation of the celebration for the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the Coast Guard cutter Eagle is scheduled to be in Boston from June 30 to July 5.
Currently under way in the Atlantic Ocean, the Eagle’s crew complement of 52 permanent crew, 141 Coast Guard Academy cadets and 20 temporarily assigned crewmembers, Eagle serves as a training ship for cadets and officer candidates throughout the year.
The Eagle is a three-masted sailing barque with 21,350 square feet of sail. It is homeported at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. It is the only operational commissioned sailing vessel in the U.S. maritime services.
“Participating in the bicentennial of the War of 1812 in Boston and celebrating such an important part of our Coast Guard’s history is an honor for the crew of the Eagle,” said Lt. Kristopher Ensley, the ship’s navigator.
While in Boston, Eagle will be moored at the Charlestown Navy Yard next to the USS Constitution and be open for free public tours.