City of Alexandria Welcomes U.S. Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle

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City of Alexandria Welcomes U.S. Coast Guard Tall Ship Eagle

For Immediate Release: August 18, 2017

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle will visit Alexandria September 4-8, as part of a tour of the East Coast. The ship will pass through the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on Monday, September 4, at approximately 8 a.m., and will dock at Robinson Landing (1 Duke St.) at approximately 8:30 a.m. Those who wish to witness the arrival may visit Jones Point Park, Fords Landing City Park or Point Lumley Park in historic Old Town.

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Eagle, also known as “America’s Tall Ship,” is the largest tall ship flying the U.S. flag and the only active commissioned sailing vessel in American military service. Built in Hamburg, Germany, in 1936, Eagle was taken as a war reparation by the U.S. and re-commissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard.  The ship then sailed to New London, Conn., its permanent homeport ever since. As a training vessel and goodwill ambassador, Eagle has offered generations of Coast Guard Academy cadets and officer candidates a unique experience at sea.

Eagle will host free tours on Monday, September 4, from 1 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 6, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m, and Thursday, September 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Tours are accessible via Point Lumley Park (1 Duke St.), and tickets are not required. The ship is scheduled to depart Alexandria on Friday, September 8, at approximately 4:40 a.m., passing through the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on the way to Baltimore.

Eagle’s visit is co-hosted by the City of Alexandria and EYA.  The ship will dock at a pier owned by EYA, whose Robinson Landing riverfront development will offer waterfront condominiums and elevator townhomes, fine dining and retail, and a public waterfront promenade.  

For up-to-date information about Eagle’s visit, go to VisitAlexandriaVA.com/tall-ship-eagle.

For media inquiries, contact Andrea Blackford, Senior Communications Officer, at andrea.blackford@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.3959.

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This news release is available at www.alexandriava.gov/99128

Note:  This news release was edited on August 24 and September 4, 2017, to update Eagle's arrival time and tour times.

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