I had hoped to see the reportedly spectacular Americas Cup boats, especially the Oracle, while I was in Bermuda. Unfortunately they were all away at an event on the East Coast. But there was a surprise visitor at the dock in Hamilton – a tall ship that is one of only two sailing vessels still operated by the US Coast Guard. The ship is named the Eagle, the seventh of her name (thanks for that, JRR Martin) in a line dating back to the late 1700s. It was open to the public for viewing while it was in port. It was staffed by Coast Guard Academy cadets. Apparently participating in some portion of the summer cruise from the east coast to Ireland, Portugal and the Azores, and Bermuda is a required part of their training.
The current Eagle, it seems, was built in Nazi Germany in 1936 and use to train sailors. After World War II it was confiscated as war reparations and turned over to become the next Eagle. It is a beautiful vessel, and was enhanced by the presentation of historical information and displays explaining the various parts of the ship. Who knew I’d get a US history lesson in Bermuda?
Lots of ropes and pulleys and a kid sized display that allowed a hands on view of how different pulleys work. A learning experience for this old kid.
I cleverly failed to get an overall shot of the ship.
The next day I finished up the roll strolling around the neighborhood. As usual the Agfa Vista 200 worked as nicely in the bright mid day sun as it had in the cloudy late afternoon of the previous day.
I can never get enough of the beautiful skies and water of Bermuda.