What You Need To Know About The Tall Ships In Portsmouth This Weekend
This is a not to missed event!
This past week, I had the honor of being the MC for the opening ceremony of the arrival of the USCG Eagle coming in to Portsmouth Harbor. It was a beautiful night and my friends at the Piscataqua Maritime Commission, Jerry "Blue Eyes" Gulley and Chad Chadwick were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Eagle with me.
One of the guest speakers that night was U.S. Senator, Jeanne Shaheen was named GRAND COMMODORE of the Parade of Sail.
I learned so much about this beautiful vessel! According to the Piscataqua Maritime Commission's website:
The Eagle’s history dates back to before World War II. It was at the Blohm+Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany in 1936, and was commissioned as one of three sail-training ships operated by the pre-World War II German navy.
At the close of the war, the ship was taken as a war reparation by the U.S., re-commissioned as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle and sailed to New London, Connecticut, her permanent homeport ever since. The only other three-masted sailing vessel in the government’s possession is the USS Constitution.
In attendance at the Parade of Sail was Joanna Bramer, whose Grandfather, Thomas C. Quinn, while serving in the U.S. Army in 1945, at the end of WWII actually accepted the German Navy's surrender of the then known as, Horst Wessel, now the U.S.C.G, Eagle.
Everything you need to know about the events surrounding the Tall Ships visit, go to sailportsmouthnh.org.