The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle docks at Port of St. Petersburg for crew training

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle docked Friday at the Port of St. Petersburg for crew training.

The Eagle docked to drop off cadets who have been training on the ship.  The ship is also scheduled to pick up a new round of cadets who will spend several weeks out at sea for training. 

Cadets are learning how to haul lines, set more than 23,500 square feet of sail, and climb six miles of ship's rigging.  They also learn skills in deck seamanship, navigation, watchstanding and teamwork.

When the ship is not scheduled for official coast guard work, it will be opened to the public for free tours.

The Eagle was built in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany.  The Eagle was originally commissioned by the German Navy. 

The United States took the ship as a war prize after World War II.  The Eagle has been used as a classroom at sea since 1946.  For more information about the Eagle, visit cga.edu/eagle .

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