The German sail training ship Horst Wessel, a three masted barque named for a pimp and a thief the Nazi propaganda machine turned into a hero, was seized as a prize-of-war by the United States after World War Two and turned over to the US Coast Guard. She continues to sail as a training ship and is known today as the USCG Eagle.
Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/ View all posts by Charles McCain