US Coast Guard "Eagle"
measures: 40"L x 26"H x 12"W
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Currently, the Eagle serves as a seagoing classroom for approximiately 175 cadets
and instructors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy - a must have for any enthusiast
of the US Coast Guard - the oldest life-saving service in the world!
The Eagle is a three-masted sailing Barque with 21,350 square feet of sail.
It is homeported at the CG Academy, New London, Connecticut. It is the only
active (operational) commissioned sailing vessel in the U.S. maritime services.
(One of five such Training Barques in world. Sister ships include: MIRCEA
of Romania, SAGRES II of Portugal, GORCH FOCK of Germany, and TOVARICH of
The Eagle bears a name that goes back to the early history of the United States'
oldest contiunous seagoing service. The first Eagle was commissioned in 1792,
just two years after the formation of the Revenue Marine, the forerunner of
today's Coast Guard.
Today's Eagle, the seventh in a long line of proud cutters to bear the name,
was built in 1936 by the Blohm & Voss Shipyard, Hamburg, Germany, as a
training vessel for German Naval Cadets. It was commissioned Horst Wessel
and following World War II was taken as a war prize by the United States.
On May 15, 1946, the barque was commissioned into U.S. Coast Guard service
as the Eagle and sailed from Bremerhaven, Germany to New London, Connecticut.
Eagle serves as a seagoing classroom for approximiately 175 cadets and instructors
from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. It is on the decks and rigging of the Eagle
that the young men and women of the Academy get their first taste of salt
air and life at sea. From this experience they develop a respect for the elements
that will be with them throughout their lifetime. They are tested and challenged,
often to the limits of their endurance. Working aloft they meet fear and learn
to overcome it. The training cadets receive under sail has proven to be an
invaluable asset during their subsequent Coast Guard careers.
On Eagle, cadets have a chance to practically apply the navigation, engineering
and other training they receive in classes at the Academy. As upper-class
cadets, they perform the leadership functions normally handled by junior officers.
As under-class cadets, they fill positions normally taken by the enlisted
crew of the ship, including helm watch at the huge brass and wood wheels used
to steer the vessel.
Sailing in Eagle, cadets handle more than 20,000 square feet of sail and 5
miles of rigging. Over 200 lines must be coordinated during a major ship maneuver,
so cadets must learn the name and function of each line.
The ship readily takes to the task for which it was designed. Eagle's hull
is built of steel, four-tenths of an inch thick. It has two full length steel
decks with a platform deck below and a raised forecastle and quarterdeck.
The weatherdecks are three-inch-thick teak over steel.
When at home, Eagle rests alongside a pier at the Coast Guard Academy on the
Thames River. The Academy was originally founded in 1876 with a class of nine
students on board the Revenue Cutter Dobbin. In 1932, a permanent Academy
was built on land donated by the New London community. Enrollment at the Academy
numbers approximately 700 men and women, all of whom sail at one time or another
on America's only active duty square rigger.
Model Description :
- Ship Measures 40"L x 26"H x 12"W (including foremast)
- The US Coast Guard ship model, "Eagle"
is shipped to you fully assembled and ready for display in your
home or office
- This wooden ship model comes with a wood base and a metal
- Our US Coast Guard model ship is entirely handmade piece by
intricate piece by skillful and experienced master craftsmen, using
plank on frame construction - no kits are used
- The following rare woods used to build our ship models were
subjected to severe conditioning (put over fire & sun dried), to ensure
your model ship will withstand any climate and thus, preventing
the wood from becoming twisted or fractured:
Ebony, English Sycamore, Rosewood, Black Wood, Cherry, Mahogany, Yellow
Wood & Jack Wood
- Railings and various fittings on this historic model ship are sculpted
- Sails are handmade and rigging lines vary in
thickness, weight and color - as they did on the original ship
- Our wooden model ships are built according to scale through
original plans, pictures and drawings
- The US Coast Guard model is carefully inspected
for quality and accuracy numerous times before before packaging
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