Known as America’s Tall Ship, the Barque Eagle is the only tall ship in America’s active duty forces. The 295-foot barque-rigged sailing vessel is the seagoing classroom for future leaders of the Coast Guard. Eagle came to the Academy as a reparation prize from Germany after WWII. The ship, built in 1936, was one of four training vessels operated by the German navy during WWII. It was sailed back to New London by a Coast Guard and German naval crew. Arguably the finest training ship afloat for young sailors, Eagle helps future officers experience the challenges and rewards of life at sea. The unforgettable experience develops teamwork, leadership and a liking of the sea and its lore.