Coast Guard Barque Eagle Returns to New London

The Coast Guard Barque Eagle is arriving in New London Thursday morning and will be open for free public tours

It will be open today, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will be closed Saturday.

“We love to have the public come down and see the ship. It's fantastic. The history here is phenomenal. We certainly love being back in New London. We look forward to our return to home permanently,” Eagle Captain Matthew Meilstrup said.

The Eagle, known as "America's Tall Ship," is a U.S. Coast Guard Training vessel and has been since 1946. On board, cadets learn basic seamanship, navigation, engineering, leadership and communication skills, according to Meilstrup. 

It is the largest tall ship flying the Stars and Stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. 

The Eagle will leave New London on May 6 and head to Bermuda and then to Canada for the country’s 150th anniversary of confederation.

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