NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) – The historic Coast Guard cutter Eagle has started its return trip to North America as part of its 75th anniversary voyage.

The vessel has visited Ireland, England and Germany since it left New London in May. It is due to arrive Tuesday in Reykjavik, Iceland, for a three-day port call.

It’s carrying 140 Coast Guard Academy cadets. They are among more than 600 who train on the Eagle annually.

The Eagle is scheduled to stop in Nova Scotia in mid-July. Then, it returns to the U.S. with visits scheduled in Boston, New York and New Bedford, Mass., before returning to Connecticut in August.

The Eagle was built in 1936 in Germany, as the Horst Wessel. The U.S. later claimed it as a war reparation and re-commissioned it in 1946.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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