Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Tall Ship Eagle!

Barque Eagle
"USCGC Eagle is the sixth U.S. Coast Guard cutter to bear the name in a proud line dating back to 1792. The ship was built in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and commissioned as Horst Wessel.
Originally operated by Nazi Germany to train cadets for the German Navy, the ship was taken by the United States as a war prize after World War II. In 1946, a U.S. Coast Guard crew, aided by the German crew still on board, sailed the tall ship from Bremerhaven to its new homeport in New London, Connecticut."
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We had lunch yesterday at a restaurant we were checking out for rehearsal dinner. It is located in downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts in the Historic Waterfront District. It was a bonus day as the Tall Ship Eagle was docked in the harbor, manned by cadets in training for the USCG. Touring the ship was very interesting and the day just perfect for photographing. 
My husband and I were both born in New Bedford, I was raised in Fairhaven across the bridge and he in the southend of New Bedford. Sights and sounds we are very familiar with, yet we enjoyed it all as any tourist would. The history here is very rich in fact and folklore and I will share with you more photos someday soon.
Have a wonderful day!

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Pieces of Sunshine said...

Great capture of an interesting subject.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

What a gorgeous figurehead and interesting history of this ship. Under the circumstances, I'm surprised it wasn't destroyed. Great capture, Rosemary. Hope you are enjoying your weekend. :)

Henrietta said...

Those old ships are so beautiful. Real beauties how to build from wood.
Have a nice weekend:)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Such a beautiful carving for that ship!

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