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Coast Guard Cutter Eagle returns to Norfolk

Posted at 8:53 AM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 16:58:57-04

NORFOLK, Va. – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle arrived in Downtown Norfolk Friday, docking at Otter Berth next to the future Waterside District.

The Eagle will be open for free public tours Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 7 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.

The ship will remain in Norfolk until Monday.

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