Welcoming the Tall Ship Eagle to Salem
The United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle is sailing toward Salem this summer! She will arrive mid-morning on Friday, August 9 and she will be in port a Salem Wharf, 10 Blaney Street, until August 12.
EAGLE, also known as “America’s Tall Ship” is the largest tall ship flying the Stars and Stripes and the only square-rigger in U.S. government service. The ship was built in 1936 in Germany, and commissioned as Horst Wessel, one of three sail training ships operated by the pre-World War II German navy. At the close of World War II, Horst Wessel was taken as a war reparation by the United States, recommissioned as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle and sailed to New London, Connecticut. Eagle provides an unparalleled at-sea leadership and professional development experience for future officers of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Schooner FAME, a replica of a Salem privateer from the War of 1812, is planning trips to escort EAGLE in and out of Salem Harbor. FAME sailed with EAGLE at Sail Boston in 2017. FAME’s Capt. Mike Rutstein rounded the infamous Cape Hatteras as a deckhand on EAGLE during a voyage from Connecticut to South Carolina back in March of 2013. “She’s a great ship,” recalled Rutstein, “But it was a very cold trip.”