The tallest ship in the U.S. military arrives Friday in Newport. The Coast Guard cutter, “The Eagle,” is 295 feet in length and uses more than 6 miles of rigging. For over 60 years, the sailing vessel has served as a classroom for future Coast Guard officers.
Michael Thompson is stationed with the U.S. Coast Guard in Newport. He will be assisting with public tours of the ship this weekend.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a boat like this. It’s one of two sailing vessels that are part of the military. This boat has a lot of history to it. It was a Nazi war prize in World War II and it should be exciting to see.
Tours of the ‘Eagle’ begin this afternoon and last through Sunday. The ship’s visit to Newport is one of fourteen stops in three different countries.
On Monday it departs for the next port in New London, Connecticut.
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