America’s largest tall ship USCGC Eagle stops in Portsmouth

By Curious

The U.S. Coast Guard tall ship Eagle arrived in Portsmouth, Va. on Wednesday (August 19) on its yearly tour of ports.

The barque will be spending a couple of days in Hampton Roads, available for free public tours on Thursday (August 20t) between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m, moored across from Portsmouth City Hall.

US Coast Guard tall ship Eagle stops in Portsmouth

Image: US Coast Guard Barque Eagle Facebook

A short video gives a glimpse of what it is like to be on-board the Eagle, the Coast Guard's only tall ship:

Visitors also will have the chance to buy the new Coast Guard Forever stamp and even get a special cancellation from representatives of the U.S Postal Service on the pier from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The US Cutter Eagle is a 295-feet long training ship, teaching cadets and officer candidates practical seamanship skills while indoctrinating them in the Coast Guard's afloat leadership laboratory. It is the largest US-flagged tall ship and the only one operating square-rigger in U.S. government service.

Last time when the U.S. Coast Guard tall ship was in Hampton Roads was back in June, participating in the Norfolk's Harborfest.