When the Coast Guard's bark tall ship Eagle glided under Baltimore’s Key Bridge on Wednesday morning, it looked a lot better than it did when it arrived at the Inner Harbor four months ago.
A fresh coat of white paint covered the upper hull. Six miles of ropes and rigging were tightrope-taut. And from the ship's bow jutted a regilded eagle, its talons gripping the Coast Guard crest.
"She's done and she's looking good," said John Downes, a Baltimore native who supervised the team of Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard workers that carried out the $5 million refurbishing, from keel to mast tip.