Applications are now closed. We do anticipate another opportunity to sail in EAGLE this Fall.

America’s Tall Ship USCGC Barque EAGLE has offered space on board for qualifying individuals for the following voyage:

  • Sunday, 17 March:  Embark all passengers in New London, CT
  • Monday, 18 March:  Depart New London, CT
  • Saturday, 23 March: EAGLE arrives in vicinity of Yorktown/Hampton Roads, VA
  • On/about Monday, 25 March: EAGLE departs Yorktown/Hampton Roads, VA
  • Friday, 29 March: EAGLE arrives in New London, CT

Eagle seeks able-bodied mariners between 18 – 50 years old who will, when underway, work the rig, stand 8 hours/ day of watch tending sails and/or helm/lookout, and provide 1 day/week of mess cook or scullery service. If assisting in port as well, they seek mariners who can help provide up to 10 hrs/day of “tour duty” every 3rd day.

Eagle is the sail-training vessel for the US Coast Guard Academy. The ship’s displacement is 1800 long tons. She is propelled with 23 sails and a dual turbo motor turbine unit engine capable of 1,200 HP.

Please submit an application to Erin Short by March 6th  according to the criteria and instructions below. You will be notified of your acceptance by March 8th.

Program Details:

1.) You must be at least 18 years old and not more than 50 years old.

2.) You must be fit, willing and able to work aloft. You must pass a medical clearance.

3.) You must be a U.S. Citizen.

4.) You will be full a participant in the operation of the ship: standing watch, helm, lookout, bridge, maintenance, working aloft, galley and all other regular trainee duties.

5.) You are welcome and STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to attend training classes with the USCG crew.

6.) The ideal candidate is an experienced, rising sail training practitioner. This program is not for first-timers sailors, who are unfamiliar with a square-rigged tall ship.

7.) Upon successful completion of the program, Eagle will issue to you (if you request it) a letter of Sea Service or other formal documentation of your sea service in Eagle.

8.) Participants must pay $19.50/day for food and expenses, etc. Total cost is approximately $234.

9.) Participants will write a post voyage blog post and share pictures with Tall Ships America to share with their members.

Application Details:

1.) All applications must be submitted electronically to Tall Ships America at no later than 5:00pm EST on March 6th.

2.) You must be a Tall Ships America member in good standing to apply. Not a member? Become one now!

3.) Applications must include the following:

a.) Resume of your traditional ship experience, as crew or as trainee

b.) Letter of recommendation from your current (or most recent) Captain or First Mate

c.) Welcome packet with Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement and Guest Medical Forms will be provided to accepted applicants prior to departure.

This opportunity is available to you based on the mutual regard and respect that is shared between the Eagle leadership and Tall Ships America, and in support of our shared mission in promoting leadership training under sail.

While we encourage everyone that is eligible to apply, priority will be given to first time applicants.

This is truly a special opportunity, and we are very happy to be able make it available to you, the up-and-coming next generation of sail training officers and crew. The Northeast Maritime Institute – College of Maritime Science Captain David V.V. Wood Eagle Scholarship has been established to support trainees food/expense costs. Information can be found under “Workforce Development Grants” on our Scholarships and Grants page