August First Friday Social - USCGC Eagle
The Iconic Eagle
Members of the Custom House Maritime Museum and their guests are cordially invited to our First Friday Social on August 2nd from 6:00-8:00pm, featuring the multifaceted story of the United States Coast Guard Cutter Eagle.
With celebration of the Coast Guard's 223rd anniversary upon us, we welcome Museum Docent Joe Ponti and Chairman of the museum board of directors, RADM Dan May, USCG (Ret) as our presentation guests -- who know well of what they speak -- having both served aboard this celebrated Barque.
Based upon Mr. Ponti's recently published Sea Classics Magazine article, the presentation titled “USCGC EAGLE…..the Early Years” will cover the 1936-1945 timeframe when she was known as the Horst Wessel and flew the Nazi flag of the German Reich marine; from its launching in 1936 to its being awarded as a war prize to the United States following World War II, to its subsequent commissioning as the US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle (WIX-327) in 1946.
Since then, Eagle, a three mast bark rigged tall ship has served as the cadet training vessel for the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, as well as a familiar site at tall ship regattas.
Dan May and Joe Ponti, both graduates of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, will also share some of their personal recollections and experiences sailing aboard Eagle as cadets.
We encourage all our members to invite a guest to this Yankee Homecoming week event to introduce them to the Custom House Maritime Museum and treat them to an evening of conversation, company and maritime discovery in the heart of downtown Newburyport.
We proudly feature the great and distinctive beers of Harpoon Brewery, the official beer of the Custom House Maritime Museum!