SALEM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A historic tall ship is open to the public this weekend in Salem.
Visitors can see the U.S. Coast Guard training vessel, the Barque Eagle, for free through Sunday.
The ship is 295 feet long. Originally built in Germany in 1936, it was put in United States’ service at the end of World War II.
Cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard academy spend at least six weeks on board the ship to aid in their training. “In addition to learning the nautical traditions of their profession, cadets learn basic seamanship and navigation skills as well as important team-building and leadership skills,” according to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s website.
Lieutenant Commander Jody Maisano said the ship, and the roughly 200 people on board, are glad to be in Salem for the weekend.
“We’re super excited to be here. Great New England historic, maritime cities are some of our favorite places to go,” Maisano said.
The Eagle is docked at the Blaney Street Wharf.
WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) reports