Eagle USCG Model Ship
Eagle USCG is a US Coastguard Training Ship
About the Eagle USCG wooden scale Model Ship
This model ship of the Eagle USCG was custom built from the following information:
- The original construction drawings.
About the construction of the Eagle USCG wooden scale Model Ship
- The hull is built using the Double Plank-on-Bulkhead construction method
- The bulkheads and keel are cut from marine grade pine plywood
- The first layer of planking is done plank by plank using Mahogany planks
- The second layer of planking is done using Mahogany Veneer strips
- The deck is made of Anagre , a light brown timber from the Amazon
- The gunwale and stringers are made of American Walnut
- The fife rails and pin racks are made of American Walnut
- The deckhouses and gangways are made of Teak
- The masts and yards are made of Mahogany dowels
- The sails and ropes are made of linen
- The model is painted with acrylic paint
- The ornaments are cold cast in bronze and painted
History of the USCGC Eagle
The USCGC Eagle (ex-Horst Wessel) is a barque built by Blohm & Voss in Hamburg and was launched in 1936. She has a complement of 230 and is used as a training cutter for future officers of the United States Coast Guard.
The USCGC Eagle is the only active commissioned sailing vessel in American government service. Every summer, for a period of a week to two months, the Eagle conducts training cruises for cadets and officer candidates. She is also used as a goodwill ambassador at foreign ports.
Originally commissioned in 1930 as a German training ship, the Horst Wessel. The other sister ships built by Blohm & Voss was the Gorch Fock, Albert Leo Schlageter, and Mircea. The USCGC Eagle made a few training voyages before World War II and then became a transport and training vessel.
After the war, the Eagle was turned over to the U.S. Coast Guard. Her homeport being the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London was for many years one of only a few sail training ships in the United States. For more than 50 years she provided valuable training for coast guard cadets. She was commissioned into the United States Coast Guard as the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle in 1946.
“America’s Tall Ship”
Each year the Eagle takes one long training cruise to the Caribbean, the Pacific coast, or Europe and two shorter cruises along the U.S. East Coast. Among various cruises, the Eagle has participated in various Tall Ship races as well as the American Bicentennial OpSail ’76.
In 1987 she undertook a yearlong cruise to Australia where instructors were to conduct the cadet’s courses while underway. In 2005, Queen Elizabeth II reviewed the Eagle, as part of the Trafalgar 200 International Fleet Review.
In March 1998 the Eagle trained her first and only enlisted members of the Coast Guard, otherwise known as the November-152 boot camp company. After 3 days of training the Eagle headed out to Fort de France, Martinique, LeGuerra, Venezuela, Cartegena, Columbia and then finally returned home to New London for boot camp graduation.
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Learn more about the Eagle USCG: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USCGC_Eagle_(WIX-327)