- The tallest mast is 150ft – roughly equivalent to a 15-storey building
- The ship is 295ft (90m) long – roughly equivalent to a football field
- Displaces 1,824 tons
- Hull is 10mm-thick riveted steel
- Raised forecastle and quarterdeck are made of quarter inch steel overlaid with 3 inches (76 mm) of teak, as are the weather decks.
- Has 23 sails measuring more than 22,000 sq ft, and six miles of rigging
- Speed under full sail – 17 knots
- The Eagle has hosted Presidents Kennedy, Nixon and Truman.
[gem_quote]It may look old-fashioned but the lessons you can learn about the sea and the wind and the currents and yourself – and your fellow shipmates – you cannot learn better on any platform that floats on the lakes or oceans around the world,” says Capt Ernst Cummings, one of the ship’s former US commanders.[/gem_quote]
Three pieces of cardboard were folded up, popped in a cap, and the American, British and Russian commanders took their turns at lucky dip.
The Horst Wessel was indeed drawn by the Russian commodore. But secretly, under the table, he agreed a swap with the US officer – who was desperate to bring the tall ship back to the US.
And so in June 1946 an American crew, assisted by the original German captain and his remaining sailors, steered the newly rechristened Eagle from Bremerhaven, through an Atlantic hurricane, to New York.”
Johnson & Towers is proud to have recently taken part in an overhaul of the Eagle. Stay tuned for the next blog reporting the work that was performed.