So here's a cool thing about New London.
The Barque Eagle. America's Tall ship.
Every country -- who participates -- has one Tall Ship and America's Tall Ship is the Barque Eagle. And her homeport is right here in New London, Connecticut.
That's right, people. Ol' Barquie, as we call her, lives right here with us in the Whaling City, usually at Fort Trumbull, but lately, downtown, right at City Pier. So when one walks down State Street, one sees her mighty masts:
The Eagle is from Germany, originally. Wait, let's let the Coast Guard tell us about her:
Originally operated by Nazi Germany to train cadets for the German Navy, the ship was taken by the United States as a war prize after World War II. In 1946, a U.S. Coast Guard crew - aided by the German crew still on board - sailed the tall ship from Bremerhaven to its new homeport in New London, Connecticut. Eagle returned to Bremerhaven for the first time since World War II in the summer of 2005, to an enthusiastic welcome.
Here in New London we also gave the ol' war prize an enthusiastic welcome during OpSail, in 2012:
No matter where one is when one sees the Barque Eagle, she is magnificent . . .
. . . or, maybe most dramatically of all, in front of the cityscape of her homeport, seen from the water:
Is she not gorgeous?