Cutter Barque EAGLE Returns to Funchal

EAGLE returned to Funchal 11 years after first visit. (Photo: US Embassy)The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Barque EAGLE visited Funchal for four day, arriving on June 23, 11 years after its first visit to the island. The EAGLE, “America’s Tall Ship,” was built in 1936 and their stop in Madeira was part of the celebration of the ship’s maiden voyage. The EAGLE was open to public visitation during its stay in the island of Madeira, and 13 of the U.S. Coast Guard cadets on board the EAGLE took the opportunity to participate in a voluntary work initiative at the Quinta do Falcão housing project in Funchal. The initiative, that helped to keep the streets of this neighborhood clean, took place on June 25 and also included city Councilor Madalena Nunes and by Teresa Roque from the Office of Public Affairs of the U.S. Embassy to Portugal.

At 90 meters (295ft) in length, EAGLE is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in United States government service. Constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as Horst Wessel by the German Navy, EAGLE was a war reparation for the United States following World War II.

For more information about EAGLE, visit its Facebook page: United States Coast Guard Barque EAGLE