US Coast Guard Eagle
The Eagle is the only active (operational) commissioned sailing vessel in the U.S. maritime services. (One of five such Training Barques in world.) It was built in 1936 by the Blohm & Voss Shipyard, Hamburg, Germany, as a training vessel for German Naval Cadets. It was commissioned Horst Wessel and following World War II was taken as a war prize by the United States. On May 15, 1946, the barque was commissioned into U.S. Coast Guard service as the Eagle and sailed from Bremerhaven, Germany to New London, Connecticut.
Contact: Connie Nelson, Communications/PR Director FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
866-266-9690 or 910-341-4030, ext 120 August 3, 2010
CHANGE OF DOCKING LOCATION AND TOUR TIMES FOR
“AMERICA’S TALL SHIP” U.S. COAST GUARDBARQUE EAGLE
Wilmington, NC: Due to time constraints and safety concerns, the United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle will not dock in Downtown Wilmington as originally planned. The good news is that free tours are still available. “America’s Tall Ship” will now dock at the North Carolina State Port in Wilmington. To accommodate public access on the State Port, buses will transport people to the ship. Tickets are required to board buses. Tickets will be available at designated locations and times (see Ticketing section). Buses will depart on Saturday, August 7 (9am-4pm) and Sunday, August 8 (9am-11am) from Legion Stadium (2149 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington) to transport people with tickets to the N.C. State Port for tours of the Barque Eagle. Only buses will be permitted to enter the State Port.
Revised public tour dates/hours for USCG Barque Eagle:
Saturday, August 7: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Sunday, August 8: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Tickets are free of charge and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. These tickets are expected to go quickly. A limited number of advance tickets and a limited number of weekend tickets will be available at designated locations (see How to Obtain Tickets section). Please note that tickets will not be available at Legion Stadium or at the State Port. Tickets must be presented to board one of the buses. No exceptions.
How to Obtain Tickets:
· In Advance: A limited number of tickets will be available on Wednesday, August 4;Thursday, August 5; and Friday, August 6 between the hours of 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the City of Wilmington’s Recreation Office, located at 302 Willard Street in Wilmington. If you have questions, please call 910-341-7855.
· Weekend: A limited number of tickets for Saturday and Sunday tours will be available only on Saturday, August 7 at the USCG Cutter Diligence parking lot, located at 109 N. Water Street in Downtown Wilmington between the hours of 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. (while supply lasts). No tickets will be distributed on Sunday.
Tickets will indicate a scheduled tour time. Please plan to arrive at Legion with your tickets 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. Passengers are limited to two small carry-on pieces (purse, camera case, etc.). Please note there may be delays due to security and other logistical issues.
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO VIEW THE EAGLE:
For a fee, independent river tour companies will run cruises to view the USCG Barque Eagle from the water. Cruises
do not provide tours of the tall ship. For cruise dates, times, fees, and more information, contact the cruise
Cape Fear Riverboats (910-343-1611) Tours on Fri., Sat., Sun. depart from 101 S. Water St. (foot of Dock St.), Downtown Wilmington.
Wilmington Water Tours (910-399-5323) Tours on Fri., Sat., Sun. depart from 212 S. Water St. (between Orange & Ann Sts.), Downtown Wilmington.