Color photograph of the U. S. Coast Guard Eagle (WIX 327) as it sets sale.

2024 Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival

TOUR America's Tall Ship, the USCGC BARQUE EAGLE (WIX 327), homeported pier side to the National Coast Guard Museum.



Saturday, Sep. 7 – 8, 2024


11 a.m.


Port of New London

City Pier

New London CT 06320

OpSail Connecticut hosts this festival in the Port of New London annually to “Celebrate the Sea” and give visitors the opportunity to interact with those who work on, under or with the sea.


The USCGC Eagle is used as a training ship for Coast Guard cadets. The ship offers future officers the opportunity to put into practice the navigation, engineering and professional theory learned in the classroom. Upper-class trainees exercise leadership and perform the duties normally handled by junior officers, while under-class trainees fill the positions of junior enlisted crewmembers. The experience builds character and helps future officers develop leadership and teamwork skills that prove valuable throughout their careers. A permanent crew of eight officers and 50 enlisted personnel maintain the ship year-round and provide a strong base of knowledge and seamanship for the training of up to 150 cadets or officer candidates at a time.


Homeported in Newport, Rhode Island, USCGC IDA LEWIS’s area of responsibility spans from Long Island Sound, New York to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. IDA LEWIS is responsible for a total of 374 aids to navigation. In addition to cutter’s primary mission of aids to navigation, IDA LEWIS also conducts search and rescue, domestic icebreaking, and ports, waterways, and coastal security operations.

Meet members of the National Coast Guard museum team responsible for designing the exhibits. Talk to the Director of Exhibits and Programs and Head of Public Affairs.  

Museum Connections

Historic Highlight, Featured Figure, Artifact, and exhibits that correlate to this event.