When the Nazis had a 295 foot, 1,800 ton three-masted barque built for training their sea-cadets and named it for their most unheroic hero, Horst Wessel, they created a very fine ship for its purpose. Obtained by the U. S. Coast Guard Academy as war reparations and re-named the Eagle, she is again serving to teach seamanship to her young crews. But these cadets have as their profession the making of the sea-lanes safe for the commerce of the world.
Last summer the Eagle, accompanied by the U.S.C.G.C. Campbell, cruised across the Atlantic to London, Antwerp, and Lisbon, and then home by way of the Canary Islands.