For crew members aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, like Ensign Joseph Della Rosa and Cadet 1st Class Corrine Hartwell, it’s more than a ship. Eagle is where they live and work. It’s their classroom, dormitory, mess hall, and tour boat, their home away from home. And when you hail from Massachusetts, as Della Rosa and Hartwell do, that makes any Hub homecoming, like the one they’re about to have Saturday when the Eagle sails into Boston, a big deal.
“Boston is going to be a lot of fun,” says Della Rosa, 30, a Needham High School graduate who has family members living in Belmont and Medfield. “I’m definitely looking forward to it. I’ve never seen [Boston] coming in from the ocean before.”