As seen from the Whaling Museum’s Davis Observation Deck, the USCG Tall Ship Eagle departed New Bedford harbor precisely at eight bells in the forenoon watch – noon today, August 1. The ship was visited by thousands of local residents and visitors over the weekend and now heads for New York City, part of the final leg of a transatlantic tour in observance of the 75th anniversary of its launching.
Eagle last visited ten years ago and the port has seen many changes in the decade past. Cutters Tahoma and Campbell were still stationed in New Bedford in 2001 and the fishing fleet was considerably larger. Indeed, the world changed a few short weeks later on September 11. Tahoma was one of the first cutters called into action to protect New York Harbor in the ensuing weeks.
Here’s hoping for better days when next we hail Eagle into New Bedford harbor and may the wait be not as long.