The Coast Guard's sail training barque Eagle is returning home to New London after a summer training cruise that included helping to commemorate the War of 1812 bicentennial.
The ship returns Friday morning to the State Pier in Fort Trumbull. It has visited 13 ports in the U.S. and Canada over the last four months, training more than 550 cadets.
The Eagle ranged from New Orleans to Halifax, Nova Scotia. In New England, it visited New London, Portland, Maine, and Newport, R.I., and took part in July 4th festivities in Boston along with the USS Constitution.
The ship was built in Germany in 1936. The U.S. acquired it after World War II. It has been used in Coast Guard training since 1946. It has a permanent crew of six officers and 50 enlisted members.
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