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U.S. Coast Guard tall ship Barque Eagle begins 75th-anniversary tour across the Atlantic

Here's some info from the U.S. Coast Guard about the ship: "It was one of three sail-training ships operated by the pre-World War II German Navy.  At the close of the war, the ship was taken as a war reparation by the U.S., re-commissioned as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle."

And I can't wait to see photos from this reunion: "This promises to be an exciting year for Eagle and its crew with opportunities for past shipmates to visit the ship, such as Mr. Eddie Didion, who as a child was “adopted” for a time by the crew in war-torn France."

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The U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle is seen at Penn's Landing on March 18 in Philadelphia on her first stop of a world tour to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Scheduled tour stops will include London; Reykjavik, Iceland; and Hamburg, Germany, where the ship was built in 1936. It was later acquired by the U.S. through war reparations.

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Crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle gather up the U.S. Flag on March 18 as she arrives in Philadelphia on her first stop of a world tour to celebrate her 75th anniversary.

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A passing tugboat crew member views the figurehead of the U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle as it arrives on March 18 in Philadelphia on the first stop of a world tour to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

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The U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle makes its way up Delaware River, in view of the Walt Whitman Bridge on March 18 in Philadelphia on the first stop of a world tour to celebrate its 75th anniversary.