Can’t make it down to the visiting US Coast Guard training ship the Eagle moored at Sir John Rogersons Quay in Dublin? No problem, we went onboard today and took lots of photos for you to enjoy.
Check out the photos and video from our visit to the Eagle below.
Some things have two lives. The failed Anglo Bank building by the Liffey that stood half finished for many years, being reborn as the new Central bank. And the Eagle, training vessel of US Coast Guard, built in 1936 Germany for the pre-World War II German navy, originally commissioned as Horst Wessel.
Some guiding fencing being installed for weekend visitors to the ship.
Check out the video
A huge star spangled banner flys from the back of the ship. The convention centre on the far side of the river Liffey.
Let’s take a look onboard
The crew were busy finishing off the cleaning before disembarking for a day in Dublin. I was informed by one crew member they were working doubly hard to finish up quickly to head out and see Dublin and travel around Ireland for a few days.
Really quite amazing to think Harry Truman, John F Kennedy and the somewhat less savoury Adolf Hitler all walked the deck of this ship.
Lifeboats on both sides
The steering wheel – It takes 4 people to operate it.
Safety equipment – Rescue heaving line and life buoy
A view from the stern. The harp shaped Samuel Beckett bridge in the distance.
Climbing the rigging. Brave man.
And it’s a long way. Very brave indeed.
We’re talking 147 feet.
Impressive from many angles
Baggywrinkle, a soft moss-like covering for cables to reduce sail chafe.
The view from the bow. In the distance, very hard to see, but the Disney Cruise ship is in town as well. And yes, Mickey Mouse’s silhouette IS on the funnel.
Just to add, the crew were incredibly courteous and very willing to talk about the ship on our visit. Have a great time in Dublin US Coast Guard!
After seeing those photos and you now realize you do have time to visit the ship at Sir John Rogersons Quay? Well…
The free public tours times:
Friday, May 27th: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 28th: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 29th: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday, May 30th: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Want to know more about the history of this impressive ship? Read the full Eagle article.