Daily Factoid

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.

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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/

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  1. I met a guy at work today who was a Coast Guard enlisted man (Captain’s Chef of all things) on the Eagle in the early 1990s — odd how I just happened to cross his path the same day as this factoid was posted. Aside from the fascinating stories about life aboard a sailing vessel while crossing the Atlantic, he offered his own “factoids”. He said the plumbing hardware in the Captain’s Cabin is still the original material, down to the German wording on the faucets. He also said there is much original Kriegsmarine stamping visible in the bilge metalwork. He also mentioned that the ship’s crews are all acutely aware of her history.

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