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Man the rigging

New London — United States Coast Guard officer candidates scale the main mast shrouds of the barque Eagle on Friday, during "school of the ship" while docked at Fort Trumbull State Park's Pier 7.

"School of the ship" is an orientation and training program for inexperienced tall ship sailors held on board before setting off on a training cruise and includes the "up and over" climb of the main mast rigging, as well as lessons in line and sail handling and orientation to all the ship's systems. The officer candidates are on board for several weeks of training while sailing from New London the Philadelphia.

Eagle will return to New London in October to spend the winter for the first time since completing a five-year extension of life overhaul at the Coast Guard repair yard in Baltimore, Md.

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