11 October 2018 | Rock Hall, Maryland
Fleet week in Baltimore included the Barque USCG Eagle. The last time we saw it was in Victoria, BC after it sailed from San Francisco in gale force winds, six men at three wheels at the helm, heeling over so that seas were at the scuppers. Wow! Eagle is a training ship for the Coast Guard. It included Officer Candidates from the New London, CN USCG Academy, USCG cadets, and even a woman from NOAA, most for a three week tour. The OCS candidates were 5 days away from hearing what their first tour of duty assignment is going to be. A short history: the Barque was built by Germany before WW!! (1938); it has four other sister ships. After WW!!, the Eagle was taken by the USA; the other four were taken by Britain, France, and Russia. A Barque has three masts with square sails, jibs, and staysails. She is 295' long, an impressive sailing ship and class room.