The Eagle and the Swastika
A Historical Talk by Joe Ponti
Wednesday Mary 29, 7:00 pm
Joe Ponti will have a talk on the
history of the US Coast Guard Cutter
EAGLE, a bark-rigged tall ship used by
the Coast Guard Academy to train cadets.
The EAGLE, originally launched in 1936,
began its life as the HORST WESSEL, a
Nazi training ship for the German navy.
His talk will trace the history of these
early years, along with personal
experiences of having sailed on the
EAGLE as a cadet from 1957 to 1961.
The lecture will be based on a recent
article written by Mr. Ponti, published
in the July issue of SEA CLASSICS
magazine. It traces the history of the
vessel from its launching in 1936 to it
being awarded to the United sates as a
war prize at the end of World War II and
being commissioned the Coast Guard
Cutter EAGLE in 1946. The talk will
include showing many vintage photographs
of the EAGLE and her sister ships.
Following graduation from the Coast
Guard Academy, Mr. Ponti served as an
officer on board the Coast Guard Cutter
Casco, an ocean station vessel sailing
out of Boston. He recently retired from
Lucent Technologies after a 35 year
career. He has written a number of
articles for naval history magazines and
his passion for history let him to
become a docent at the Massachusetts
State House where he gives historical
tours of the building during the year.
Mr. Ponti and his wife Louise live in