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USCG Eagle in Savannah for St. Patrick’s Day

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A floating piece of history has made its way down the Savannah River and it’s one of two military tall ships in the United States.

This large ship, called the U.S. Coast Guard Eagle. It was an old German ship that was built in 1936 and is 295 feet long.

The ship made its way down River Street around noon complete with a water salute. This former German ship sailed before World War II and it was given as a war prize to the Coast Guard.

Every summer for 70 years, they board the ship and train and teach and they will be headed to Europe this summer.

Captain Matt Meilstrup provided a little more history.

"Every summer we sail and embark folks aboard and show them the skills they're going to need when they're out there as Coast Guard officers on the water, navigation, damage control and a lot of leadership opportunities. That’s the unique thing about this ship. It takes a lot of leadership to make a sailing ship work,” said Captain Meilstrup.

"A lot of pieces on the ship are still original and we got it during World War II, got it from Hitler and Germany,” said Seam Mo Bennett.

The captain said they're excited for the public to be able to get aboard to tour the ship and it’s totally free.

They will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. And they will open an hour early from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for law enforcement, first responders and members of the military.

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