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    The Segelschulschiff Horst Wessel ship stop in halifax 2 years a ago

    The American renanme it UScgc Eagle

    Origin as Segelschulschiff Horst Wessel

    The Eagle began its existence as the Horst Wessel, a ship of the Gorch Fock class. Constructed and designed by John Stanley, the Horst Wessel was an improvement on the original design. She was larger in dimension and her spars were all steel, unlike Gorch Fock's wooden yards. SSS Horst Wessel began life as Schiff ("ship") 508 at Blohm & Voss in Hamburg, Germany in 1936.[2] Her keel was laid on February 15; she was launched on June 13, completed on September 16, and commissioned on September 17. She was the second ship in the class to be built after the class namesake, Gorch Fock. Rudolf Hess gave the speech[3] at her launch in the presence of Adolf Hitler. The name was given in tribute to SA leader Horst Wessel, who had been accorded martyr status by the Nazi party. He also wrote the song (that would be known as 'Horst-Wessel-Lied') used in the Nazi national anthem.


    Segelschulschiff Horst Wessel
    SSS Horst Wessel served as the flagship of the Kriegsmarine sail training fleet, which consisted of Gorch Fock, Albert Leo Schlageter and Horst Wessel. She was commanded by Captain August Thiele and was homeported in Kiel. In the three years before World War II, she undertook numerous training cruises in European waters, but also visited the Caribbean. She was decommissioned in 1939, with the onset of the war, but served as a docked training ship until her recommissioning in late 1942. Equipped with two 20mm antiaircraft guns on the bridge wings, two on the foredeck, and two quad mounts on the waist, Horst Wessel is said to have downed three Soviet aircraft and one "friendly" German aircraft in combat.[citation needed] The crew had realized the German aircraft they had shot down was "friendly" while it was spiraling into the sea, and set about rescuing the pilot. When he set foot on the ship, he was furious and demanded an explanation. Upon review of the logs and radio personnel, it was determined that the pilot had been using the wrong codes for the battle group, showing the now embarrassed pilot that it was actually his fault.[citation needed]
    At the end of World War II, the four vessels then extant were distributed to various nations as war reparations. Horst Wessel was taken by the United States. She was first sent to Wilhelmshaven, Germany, then to Bremerhaven, and was commissioned into the United States Coast Guard as the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle on 15 May 1946.[4] In June 1946 a U.S. Coast Guard crew, assisted by the German captain and crew still aboard, sailed her from Bremerhaven, through a hurricane, to Orangeburg, New York. The German volunteer crew was disembarked at Camp Shanks and the Eagle proceeded to her new home port of New London, Connecticut.

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    Great history of this ship, Meech - with two nice, original 'Seefahrt Ist Not'
    tinnies, and modern commemorative medalion/coin.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Interesting items!...
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



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    The Horst was back again this year , here is a photo of her . The eagle remains with the wreath filled in . Hope you like it .
    Cheers Chris
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    Quote by CBH View Post
    The Horst was back again this year , here is a photo of her . The eagle remains with the wreath filled in . Hope you like it .
    Cheers Chris
    The "Sagres" sister ship.
    These are beautiful
    Cheers
    Nuno

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    Thank god they didnt sinked her.
    Collect ROA, Cossack, Schuma and other WW2 Volunteer militaria.

    "Be Humble and kind, for you may find that it was Odin you entertained"

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    The Eagle was docked in Portsmouth, NH this past weekend and was open to tours. Here are some photos of the different bits of her. Sorry they aren't the greatest, I got there twenty minutes before the tour closed
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    By the way and just in case anybody was wondering:

    The quote Seefahrt ist Not [Seafaring is hardship] used on those tinnies is a very appropriate one, as it is the title of a novel by the North German author Gorch Fock, after whom the eponimous vessel/class was named.

    Gorch Fock was the pseudonym of Johann Kinau (1880 - 1916), who was killed in the famous Skagerrak sea battle.

    Biographie: Gorch Fock, 1880-1916

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    I had almost forgotten that I can add some images of my own that might just be of interest here. They were taken during my 2006 holiday on the island of Rügen in the Baltic sea.

    What you see here is the original Gorch Fock (now known as Gorch Fock I and not to be confused with the current German Navy training vessel of the same name), launched in 1933 as the first of her class and sister ship to the Horst Wessel and the Albert Leo Schlageter.

    While the Horst Wessel went to the U.S. to become the USCGC Eagle and the Albert Leo Schlageter was quickly sold on by the U.S. to Brazil where she became the Guanabra (later bought from Brazil by the Portuguese navy and re-christened NRP Sagres), the Gorch Fock (which had been scuttled at the end of the war, but could be raised and repaired) went to the USSR and became the Tovarich [Товарищ] under which name she sailed from 1949 onwards. (You can see the Cyrillic ship name in one of the photographs.)
    After a brief tenure as a Ukrainian ship following the fall of the USSR, she eventually returned to Germany via England in 1999 and since 2003 lies anchored at her old home port Stralsund on the island of Rügen.

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    A thread with some photos of my visit to the NRP Sagres
    https://www.google.com/url?q=https:/...3XOz7lBvlZz4yw

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