National Geographic : 1955 Jul
National Geographic Photographers John E. Fletcher (left) and Robert F. Sisson Eagle Weighs Anchor with 20 Cadets on the Capstan Bars Under the German flag the bark had all hand-operated gear above decks. The Coast Guard powered only the anchor capstan (back ground). This old-fashioned walk-around capstan, however, can still heave in the anchor through a train of machinery out of sight below. + The cadet officer of the deck samples the general mess as part of his duties. He liked what he tasted and ate the lot. 55 course at the Academy, the Captain explained, his time in the Rockaway. While in the makes four cruises in the Eagle-two to Eagle, the first classmen bear the real re Europe and two to Bermuda. sponsibility of watchkeepers in all branches. First, he makes the run to Bermuda, a short "In the Coast Guard you have to have a cruise but a good beginning. The second year hard core of officers you can nail the flag to," he takes his first long cruise, usually to three Captain Bowman explained. ports in Europe. The following year he goes I liked that expression. It said a lot. again on the Bermuda cruise, but this time There was no doubt in the Captain's mind with experience in sail. that the sailing ship is a better testing ground His last cruise is a second run to Europe, for youth than the bridge or the decks of a and it is during that run he spends a third of powered cutter can ever be.