Nazi Ship Now USCG Eagle

US seized Kriegsmarine Sail Training Ship Horst Wessel As a Prize of War

 “The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle laying at a shipyard in Bremerhaven, Germany being rigged and outfitted for her voyage to the United States. The square-rigged sailing vessel was the former German Training ship ‘Horst Wessel’. The bombed buildings of Bremerhaven are in the background.” Photo dated 16 April 1946. (Official USCG photo)

USCGC Eagle under sail in 2015

derelict sail training ship which was to become USCGC Eagle in Bremerhaven immediately after World War Two.

Horst Wessel was a Nazi thug and a pimp who supposedly was killed in a street fight with Communists in Berlin prior to the Nazi seizure of power. He made his living as a pimp and there is evidence to suggest he was murdered by the brother of one of his prostitutes. The ship is has a steel hull and was outfitted as a barque which is a sailing ship with three masts in which the foremast and mainmast are square-rigged and the mizzenmast is rigged fore-and-aft.

Horst Wessel about to be launched. The original ship was built by the German shipbuilder Blohm and Voss, who also built the Bismarck. You have to give it to them: they certainly built strong ships.

Sailing barque Horst Wessel:

Laid down: 15 February 1936
Launched: 13 June 1936
Commissioned: 17 September 1936
Decommissioned: 1939
Recommissioned: 1942
Captured: April 1945

 Horst Wessel in front of German Naval Academy Mürwik in Flensburg in 1937.

The construction of the German naval academy began in 1910. The buildings weren’t badly damaged in World War Two and became the last headquarters of the Nazi government under Admiral Doenitz. Repairs were made in the years after the war and the academy reopened in the mid-1950s when West Germany was permitted to begin rearmament.

The Naval Academy Mürwik with the Gorch Fock (sister ship of the USCG Eagle) on the Flensburg Firth, the Northernmost part of Germany. 

Boston Navy Week 2012

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BOSTON (June 30, 2012) The US Coast Guard cutter USCGC Eagle (WIX 327) enters Charlestown Harbor to participate in Boston Navy Week 2012. Boston Navy Week is one of 15 signature events planned across America in 2012. The eight-day long event commemorates the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, hosting service members from the US Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard and coalition ships from around the world. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bryan M. Ilyankoff/Released)

[Image courtesy of the US Navy Website.]

Pic of the Day – Cutter Night Watch

ATLANTIC OCEAN – The watch on deck aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, a 295-foot barque homeported in New London, CT, prepare to climb into the ship’s rigging, April 6, 2012. The watch on deck consists of between six to eight trainees that are ready to climb into the rigging at a moment’s notice in order to adjust the sails whether it be routine or emergent. (US Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill.)

[Image courtesy of the US Navy Website.]

Pic of the Day – Saltwater Pump Delivery

GULF OF MEXICO – An HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami in Miami, FL, drops a replacement saltwater pump for the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle‘s main diesel engine, April 14, 2012. The main diesel engine’s saltwater pump began leaking, which reduced the effectiveness of the engine’s cooling system. (US Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill.)

[Image courtesy of the US Coast Guard Website.]

Pic of the Day – Sailing Through The Night

ATLANTIC OCEAN – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, a 295-foot barque homeported in New London, CT, sail the ship throughout the night, April 6, 2012. Officer candidate school members aboard the Eagle must become proficient in celestial navigation prior to graduating. (US Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill.)

[Image courtesy of the US Coast Guard Website.]

Pic of the Day – Storm Hits USCGC Eagle

ATLANTIC OCEAN – Kathryn Lamphere, a fourth class cadet at the Coast Guard Academy, braces herself against the side of the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle as a large wave crashes against the ship, May 9, 2011. The Eagle was hit by a storm that had moved up the Gulf Stream into the path of Eagle, which had already been in another low-pressure system after setting sail. (US Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Burckell)

[Image courtesy of the US Coast Guard Website.]

Turning the Helm

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Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle turn the helm Tuesday, June 21, 2011 while in London. The Eagle is underway for the 2011 Summer Training Cruise, which commemorates the 75th anniversary of the 295-foot barque. (US Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class NyxoLyno Cangemi)

[Image courtesy of United States Coast Guard Website.]