The Coast Guard barque Eagle , bound for New Orleans to start its summer sail. Since then, the ship has sent back some photos from its time at sea.
The Eagle is one of the ships taking part in OpSail 2012 to recognize the bicentennial of the War of 1812, and this event starts on Tuesday when the vessel starts its visit to Louisiana. The ship will be in New Orleans until Friday before sailing to its next port. Sixty-three members of the Coast Guard's Officer Candidate School are taking part on the voyage.
"It is an honor to participate in commemorating the War of 1812 with the United States Navy and other international tall ships," said Capt. Eric C. Jones, the Eagle’s commanding officer, in a press release. "The Eagle's 2012 schedule provides challenging at-sea opportunities for training future Coast Guard officers, while also building an appreciation for our nation's rich maritime heritage through our participation in Operation Sail 2012 and War of 1812 commemoration events."
Following its stop in New Orleans, the Eagle will visit these ports:
- Jacksonville, Fla. from April 26 to 29
- Mayport, Fla. from April 29 to May 3
- Savannah, Ga. from May 4 to 7
- New York, N.Y. from May 23 to 28
- Norfolk, Va. from June 8 to 11
- Baltimore, Md. from June 14 to 17
- Boston, Mass. from June 30 to July 3
- New London from July 6 to 10
- Halifax, Nova Scotia from July 20 to 23
- Portland, Me. from July 27 to 30
- Newport, R.I. from Aug. 3 to 6