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Coast Guard's tall ship Eagle to dock in Astoria (OR)
The Oregonian ^ | June 11, 2008 | Stuart Tomlinson

Posted on 06/12/2008 7:51:11 PM PDT by jazusamo

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U.S. Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle

If you've ever wanted to tour a tall ship, now is your chance.

Starting Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard will sponsor free tours of the only square-rigged sailing ship in the U.S. fleet when it docks in Astoria at the Maritime Museum, 1792 Marine Drive.

The tall ship Eagle, also known as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle, has been under way for the past two months, serving as a hands-on classroom for Coast Guard cadets at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn.

According to Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Adam Davenport, the Eagle's permanent crew of about 55 has spent the past 33 days training more than 130 Coast Guard Academy cadets and Naval Academy midshipmen. The Eagle has served as a floating classroom to future Coast Guard officers since 1946 offering fundamental leadership, teamwork and seamanship skills.

The 295-foot ship was commissioned by the German Navy in 1936, and used to train cadets. After World War II, the ship was seized as a war prize by the United States. For more details on its history, click here.

The Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle will be open for free public tours at Astoria Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.


TOPICS: Local News; Military/Veterans; Travel
KEYWORDS: eagle; oregon; tallship; uscg; uscoastguard
Update June 12, 2008

Tall Ship Eagle docks in Astoria

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Stuart Tomlinson, The Oregonian
Tall Ship Eagle Thursday morning on its way to Astoria. Public tours last today through Sunday.

ABOARD THE TALL SHIP EAGLE -- We caught our first glimpse of the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle after it crossed the Columbia River. Like a vision from the past, it rounded the sharp rock outline of the south jetty and hove into view.

Even under motor power, it cuts a fine figure. Under sail, it can speed up to 17 knots, and carries a permanent crew of six officers, 54 crews and about 150 cadets.

It's main mission is to build leadership and following skills for Coast Guard and Naval Academy cadets, a floating classroom for weeks and sometimes months on end.

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Coast Guard and U.S. Navy cadets hone their navigation
and team building skills on the Tall Ship Eagle's bridge.

For Tim Steiner, a Corvallis native whose finishing up his second year at Annapolis, the 33-days he spent aboard were eye-opening.

"We went through a pretty big storm and nobody got much sleep -- you have to jam yourself into your coffin bunk,'' Steiner said. The tight quarters -- nine to a berth in Steiner's quarters -- helps cadets, future officers all, to get along in trying conditions.

They also learn to climb rigging, stand watch, take the helm, navigate, haul lines, set anchor and polish seemingly acres of brass.

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Cadets at the three-wheeled helm of the Tall Ship Eagle

At 295 feet long, with a mainmast at 147 feet, the ship was hard to miss as it steamed into Astoria Thursday for four days of public tours at the Maritime Museum.

According to the skipper, Capt. J. Christopher Sinnett, the ship is the pinnacle of sailing technology.Built in 1936 by the Germans and commissioned as the Horst Wessel, it was seized as a prize of war after German's defeat in World War II. It is the largest tall ship in the U.S. fleet, and the seventh ship to bear the name Eagle going back to 1792.

Early Thursday, family and friends of crew members and cadets and others, piled onto about four Coast Guard motor lifeboats at the Hammond Marina and ferried to the ship as it steamed into port. We transferred to the gleaming white, steel-hulled ship while it was underway; not as scary as it sounds, but not for the faint of heart.

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Eric Gimple, 11, of Warrenton, takes the helm, really, a fourth wheel that's not connected
to the ship's rudder. His dad is a crew member on the Coast Guard's ship Steadfast.

Even with nearly 300 people aboard, there was plenty of room to explore the teak wood weather decks; watch the cadets spin the triple wheel at the helm; and hear them bark navigation commands as they worked the ship upstream to Astoria.

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The Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle will be open for free public tours at Astoria
Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday
and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

1 posted on 06/12/2008 7:51:12 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; smoothsailing; freema

Remembering you Tonk!


2 posted on 06/12/2008 7:58:45 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

I’m going to try make it there this weekend. Thanks


3 posted on 06/12/2008 7:59:10 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: Salvation; sionnsar

Oregon & Washington Ping!


4 posted on 06/12/2008 7:59:53 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

That is a beautiful ship.


5 posted on 06/12/2008 8:01:03 PM PDT by hedgetrimmer (I'm a billionaire! Thanks WTO and the "free trade" system!--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: Cold Heart

It’s a beautiful ship and worth seeing, wish I could make it.


6 posted on 06/12/2008 8:02:38 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

Beautiful! Thank you for posting this, especially the photos!


7 posted on 06/12/2008 8:03:55 PM PDT by skr (I serve a risen Savior!)
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To: jazusamo
Fascinating trivia about the Eagle that I didn't know!

She was a Nazi prize from WW2

8 posted on 06/12/2008 8:04:11 PM PDT by Old Sarge (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: jazusamo

Indeed, my first thought(wiping tears away)~

My second thought...can I enlist : )


9 posted on 06/12/2008 8:08:25 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Cousin, Mom and FRiend)
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To: Old Sarge

Thanks for the link, Sarge, that’ll be interesting reading.


10 posted on 06/12/2008 8:12:36 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo; smoothsailing
2005

11 posted on 06/12/2008 8:12:46 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Cousin, Mom and FRiend)
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To: freema

Hi Ma, when I saw this I had to post it. I’ll just bet you could make em let ya enlist! :)


12 posted on 06/12/2008 8:14:54 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

So I can meet Captain Marion Alston?

http://www.amazon.com/Island-Sea-Time-S-Stirling/dp/0451456750


13 posted on 06/12/2008 8:17:13 PM PDT by L,TOWM (If the GOP is this desperate to lose, who am I to stand in their way?)
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To: L,TOWM

Didn’t know who Capt. Alston was, thank goodness for Google. :)


14 posted on 06/12/2008 8:24:11 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: Old Sarge

Horst Wessel was a young Nazi killed by Communists in 1930. The Nazis glorified him as a hero and named their fight song, the Horst Wessel-Lied, after him. He wrote the lyrics before he was killed. And, they named this training ship after him.


15 posted on 06/12/2008 8:26:48 PM PDT by FFranco
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To: jazusamo; smoothsailing
I bet I could, too, jaz : ) Family thinks I'm in 'pause', more tears lately so it could be true. I've held an awful lot of them for too long, though. Tonk owns some of them. While I say I've gone past the full mark and there's just now more storage room so they leak out now- THEY say they wish I was like an old VCR and they could just hit me on the head to make me play : ) I will never forget 'losing' him. I don't know what I thought would happen, but it was almost as bad as losing my dad and in some instances it was worse because I was in much difference place ....at war. I don't know if you and smooth know how much I appreciate the fact that you're part of my life. A couple of good ol' buoys LOL in the sea of life. I love youse, men. This bud's for you.

16 posted on 06/12/2008 8:37:44 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Cousin, Mom and FRiend)
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To: jazusamo; GodBlessUSA

Great post!Beautiful.

Pinging a Coastie mom


17 posted on 06/12/2008 8:38:04 PM PDT by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thought you might like to see this, Kathy.


18 posted on 06/12/2008 9:02:08 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: freema; jazusamo
Tonk is still with us, Ma, as long as we remember....

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(Beautiful post, brother Jaz)

19 posted on 06/12/2008 9:11:48 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing; freema
Tonk is still with us, Ma, as long as we remember....

Amen, Smooth and Ma, and thanks.

20 posted on 06/12/2008 9:17:49 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: smoothsailing

What a fine tribute to a fine man.


21 posted on 06/12/2008 9:25:49 PM PDT by B-Cause (It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.)
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To: jazusamo

Ah man I was just out there a few weeks ago. I can’t get over there for another few months ;(


22 posted on 06/12/2008 9:36:22 PM PDT by Domandred (McCain's 'R' is a typo that has never been corrected)
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To: FFranco

>> Den schiff Horst Wessel ... [the Nazis] named this training ship after him. Its lower hull/engine room was identical to that of a U-Boat. The prewar Nazis were learning a bit more than hoisting the mainsails.


23 posted on 06/12/2008 9:45:08 PM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: jazusamo

I remember Astoria as being a lovely town. Surprisingly low key and unpretentious considering the fact that Hollywood has paid a visit on more than one occasion.


24 posted on 06/12/2008 9:47:22 PM PDT by Clemenza (No Comment)
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To: jazusamo

“U.S. Coast Guard will sponsor free tours of the only square-rigged sailing ship in the U.S. fleet.. “

Wait a second....The U.S.S. Constitution isn’t a square-rigged sailing ship? Isn’t ‘Old Ironsides’ the oldest commissioned ship in the U.S. Navy? I thought she had square sales too!


25 posted on 06/12/2008 9:48:00 PM PDT by Duke Phelan ((Who are you?) " I'm Olo.....Hans Olo" - Daniel Jackson SG1)
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To: Duke Phelan

sales = sails

damn spell checkers.


26 posted on 06/12/2008 9:49:32 PM PDT by Duke Phelan ((Who are you?) " I'm Olo.....Hans Olo" - Daniel Jackson SG1)
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To: jazusamo

Saw the Eagle at OP Sail 2000 in Norfolk. Grand old lady.


27 posted on 06/12/2008 9:51:07 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Kathy in Alaska
USS Eagle......heading Nor' by Northwest!


28 posted on 06/12/2008 9:55:01 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress! It's the sensible solution to restore Command to the People.)
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To: Clemenza

That’s the way I remember it and its been quite a few year since we’ve been there.


29 posted on 06/12/2008 9:57:13 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo; amom; PROCON; Mrs.Nooseman; blackie
Thank you, jaz, for the ping.

The Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle will be open for free public tours at Astoria
Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Pro...near enough to visit? I wish I could. She is beautiful.

Length: 295 feet
Maximum speed: 11-16 knots (under full sail)
Maximum Range: 5450 miles
Training Complement: 12 Officers
38 crew
150 Cadets


30 posted on 06/12/2008 9:57:53 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: BIGLOOK; jazusamo; PROCON
Man, I wish I could go see her!!! I love the tall ships...

To maneuver EAGLE under sail, the crew must handle more than 22,000 square feet of sail
and five miles of rigging. Over 200 lines control the sails and yards, and every crew-member,
cadet and officer candidate, must become intimately familiar with the name, operation,
and function of each line.


31 posted on 06/12/2008 10:16:47 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thanks for the great pics, Kathy, she’s quite a ship.


32 posted on 06/12/2008 10:24:51 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo

That she is, quite a ship.


33 posted on 06/12/2008 10:35:46 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: IncPen; BartMan1

interesting ping


34 posted on 06/12/2008 10:56:00 PM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thanks for the ping here Kathy. Beautiful ship.


35 posted on 06/12/2008 10:58:26 PM PDT by amom (Proud mom of a US Soldier somewhere near Sadr City. (ihaly2tonk)
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To: amom

What direction is Astoria? I could go find a map. d:o) She is beautiful....I would love to sail on her.


36 posted on 06/12/2008 11:19:50 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: jazusamo

Bump.

Seems the powers to be here in Newport are moving forward to having sm. to mid sized cruise ships come into port.


37 posted on 06/13/2008 12:13:34 AM PDT by Global2010 (OKIE DOKIE)
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To: MEG33

Thanks so much for the ping Meg!
This is so gorgeous. I will be going through the entire thread now! :)


38 posted on 06/13/2008 4:14:54 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: MEG33
:)

39 posted on 06/13/2008 5:04:24 AM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

I knew you would love this!


40 posted on 06/13/2008 6:10:36 AM PDT by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle is a magnificent ship!!

I wish Barb was feeling better; we both love Astoria!


41 posted on 06/13/2008 12:13:44 PM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: blackie
Oh no...Barb...(((HUGS))...feel better soon.

Maybe some soup will help.


42 posted on 06/13/2008 12:26:59 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (~ RIP Brian...heaven's gain...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thank Kathy ~ Barb has turned up a little anemic, they discovered some internal bleeding, she’s waiting to see a gastrointestinal surgeon for further tests.


43 posted on 06/13/2008 1:54:28 PM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: FFranco
The Nazis glorified him as a hero and named their fight song, the Horst Wessel-Lied, after him.

While not a Nazi sympathizer, I have to admit I find the tune of the Horst Wessel Lied to be quite pleasant.

44 posted on 06/13/2008 4:29:47 PM PDT by wideminded
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