A historic United States Coast Guard (USCG) cutter, or commissioned ship, is coming to Alexandria next month, and you can tour it for free! The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle will be open for free public tours in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, around Labor Day. The public can tour the Eagle on Monday, September 4, 2017, from 1 pm to 7 pm, and on Wednesday, September 6, 10 am to 7 pm. UPDATE 9/4: Another tour day has been added for Thursday, September 7, 10 am to 4 pm!
The World War II-era Eagle is the only tall ship actively used by any U.S. military service and is sailed by cadets of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. This is the first time the Eagle has been in the D.C. area in 11 years. The Eagle, now a training ship, is historic in many ways.
“The ship was a war prize from Hitler’s navy and had a German crew sail it to New London, Connecticut, after WWII. It became the training ship for the cadets at the Coast Guard Academy,” says Lisa Novak, a USCG public affairs officer. The ship was taken by the United States as war reparations and re-named the Eagle. Today, in addition to providing training to USCG also makes calls at foreign ports as a goodwill ambassador. “It’s a nice ship for fans of military ships and history to see,” Novak said.
For the upcoming Northern Virginia visit, the Eagle will dock at Point Lumley Park, 1 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia, near Union Street, right across from Chadwick’s and other restaurants and shops such as Starbuck’s and Ben and Jerry’s. Tours are free and no reservations or tickets are required. This is a great way to teach kids about history, the work our military does, and maritime topics! Learn more about the Eagle on its website, follow the Facebook page, or call (202) 372-4630 for more information.
TRAFFIC NOTE: The Woodrow Wilson Bridge is scheduled to be open Monday, Sept. 4, at approximately 8 am as Eagle transits up the Potomac River and Friday, Sept. 8, at approximately 4:40 am to allow Eagle to sail through as it leaves Alexandria.
Photo provided by the USCG and used with permission.