The 79-year old Coast Guard cutter Eagle made quite a sight as it returned to Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Baltimore, for Phase II of its almost $30 million overhaul.
This past winter the Eagle went through Phase I of the overhaul, which involved removing ship's leaded paint, structural repairs, corrosion repair, and repairs to the ship's propeller and rudder. After these repairs, the ship spent some time out on the ocean, where she is used as a classroom for teaching teamwork to officer candidates.
The Coast Guard officer candidates spent 9 days out aboard the ship, working the helm, the rudder, hauling lines, learning how to read the weather, and learning how to think ahead. These days at sea help reinforce all that the officer candidates have been taught in the classroom and bring it all together, all the while working with their fellow classmates and the crew.
The Phase II overhaul, scheduled for this coming winter, will focus on the structural integrity of the mast right now and how that might change over the coming years. The following two winter repairs will involve hull repairs, necessitating pulling the Eagle out of the water and into a drydock. Built in Germany in 1936, the Eagle was taken by the United States after World War II as war reparations