From time to time, we get special visitors in my home town. Next week, we’ll have a visit from a tall ship in Alexandria, and this time we can go aboard for free!

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle will visit Alexandria September 4-8, as part of a tour of the East Coast. The ship will pass through the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on Monday, September 4, at around 8:30 a.m., and will dock at Robinson Landing (1 Duke St.) at approximately 9:30 a.m.

New Location

If you have seen the tall ships in Alexandria before, you probably saw them docked at Old Town Alexandria Harbor at the base of Cameron Street. This one, co-hosted by the City of Alexandria and EYA, will dock at a pier owned by EYA, whose Robinson Landing riverfront development will offer new residences, restaurants, retail, and a public waterfront promenade.

If you want to watch the arrival of the ship, Jones Point Park, Fords Landing City Park and Point Lumley Park in historic Old Town will offer clear views of the river.

The Coast Guard tall ship Eagle

The Coast Guard tall ship Eagle (Photo Credit: Visit Alexandria)

The Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the U.S. flag. It is the only active commissioned sailing vessel in American military service. The ship was built in Hamburg, Germany, in 1936. The U.S took the Eagle as a war reparation and re-commissioned it for the U.S. Coast Guard.  The ship then sailed to New London, Conn., its permanent home port ever since. Now the Eagle serves as a training vessel and goodwill ambassador.

Free Tours

The Eagle will host free tours on Monday, September 4, from 1 to 8 p.m., and Wednesday, September 6, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are not required. The ship is scheduled to depart Alexandria on Friday, September 8, at 4:15 a.m., passing through the Woodrow Wilson Bridge on the way to Baltimore.

Don’t miss this chance to see a tall ship in Alexandria!

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