The Eagle is used as a training ship for the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. It is one of only two active commissioned sailing ships in the US military. The other is the USS Constitution. It began its life as the Host Wessel, a training ship for the German Navy. Adolf Hitler attended its launch and christening. It was transferred to the United States as part of war reparations in 1945, and commissioned to the Coast Guard Academy in 1946. It has 22,300 square feet of sail.