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Coast Guard vessel Eagle provides history lessons at sea

NEW YORK – It is, largely, a symbol: 295 feet of what once was a time capsule for the public to come aboard, to touch, to think of a world where power came from the wind, and every inch of travel had to be earned.

But it is time to leave port, time for the Coast Guard cutter Eagle to make its transition from symbol to ship, to become what it really is: a teacher.

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