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Coast Guard Cutter Eagle to arrive in Portsmouth on Wednesday

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Posted at 12:03 PM, Aug 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-17 12:03:11-04

Portsmouth, Va. – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is scheduled to arrive Wednesday in Portsmouth.

The Eagle will be open for free public tours Thursday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Additionally, representatives from the U.S. Postal Service will have the new Coast Guard Forever stamp available and offer a special cancellation on the pier from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

At 295 feet in length, the Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service.

Constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German Navy, the Eagle was taken by the United States as a war reparation following World War II.

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