July 29–31 | Pier 17, North Side | Free
The Seaport Museum in collaboration with the Howard Hughes Corporation is pleased to host the 1936 three-masted barque Eagle, a training vessel for future officers of the United States Coast Guard, when she arrives in New York. Throughout her visit she will be docked at Pier 17, and will offer several opportunities for the public to come aboard. Please find the schedule below:
July 29: 3pm–8pm
July 30: 10am–7pm
July 31: 12pm–4pm
Used for annual cadet practice cruises, the ship serves as the site of practical training which supplements engineering and military schooling. A secondary mission is to bring the Coast Guard story to the general public. She served as Host Ship for all Operation Sail parades—1964, 1976, 1986, 1992, 2000, and 2012—and has docked at the Seaport Museum eight times since 1968.
Tour the historic 295-foot vessel with Coast Guard Cadets and Auxiliary members and learn more about the history of the ship and the techniques behind sailing a Tall Ship. No registration needed, just stop by during the open hours.
Please Note This is a Past Program, Event, or Activity
More About Eagle
Built at the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany in 1936, the vessel served as one of three sail-training ships operated by the German navy before World War II. As part of war reparations, the ship was acquired by the United States in 1945. It was recommissioned as the United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) Eagle and subsequently sailed to its permanent homeport in New London, Connecticut. The first ship by the name “Eagle” to serve the United States was a cutter commissioned in 1792 to serve in the Revenue Marine, the precursor of today’s Coast Guard. Since then, five other ships have carried the name.
Renowned as “America’s Tall Ship,” the USCGC Eagle holds the distinction of being the largest tall ship proudly flying the Stars and Stripes. Moreover, it remains the sole active square-rigger serving the United States government.
Extend Your Visit
Visiting on July 29 or 30? Explore the Seaport Museum’s tall ship Wavertree on a self-guided tour anytime from 11am–5pm on July 29 or 30. Stop by the red tent at Pier 16 to get a Pay What You Wish General Admission ticket. General Admission includes access to Wavertree in addition to three exhibitions on view at 12 Fulton Street at whatever price is right for you––free in-person admission, the full ticket price, or any amount in between.
Tall Ship Wavertree
Wavertree, built in 1885 was operated for many years as a cargo ship sailing around the world.