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News Release

RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462


For Release:

July 21, 2000

Media Contact:

Gail Mastrati 222-4700 ext. 2402
Stephanie Powell 222-4700 ext. 4418

TALL SHIP EAGLE TO VISIT NEWPORT IN AUGUST

Public Can View It From Dockside on DEM's Pier 9

PROVIDENCE - The Coast Guard's Tall Ship "Eagle" will be docked at the Department of Environmental Management's Pier 9 in Newport from August 4 through August 7. The Class A square rigger is scheduled to arrive at 10 a.m. on August 4, and the public will be able to view the ship from the pier, located on Long Wharf in back of the Visitors Center on America's Cup Avenue. The ship will depart at 10 a.m. on August 7, after a change of cadets.

The 295-foot Eagle is homeported in New London, CT where it serves as a Coast Guard training ship. Built in Germany in 1936, the 1,800 ton, steel-hulled, three-masted sailing vessel is the only square-rigger in U.S. government service. The ship has 148-foot tall masts, more than 22,000 square feet of sail and five miles of rigging. Over 200 lines control the sails and yards. It has a maximum speed of 16 knots under full sail, and a maximum range of over 5,000 miles. The ship carries a training complement of 12 officers, 38 crew and an average of 150 cadets.

The Eagle has been brought up to "fleet standard," and is equipped with a GPS satellite navigation system that provides instant, continuous and accurate ship's positions although officers also learn to navigate by the traditional methods of celestial navigation. Trainees use sextants identical in design to those used aboard clipper ships to take measurements of the sun and stars, and then use the latest in computers to reduce those sights into a fix.


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