America's largest tall ship cruises in to Dublin Port
Published 27/05/2016 | 02:30
It was ships ahoy at Dublin's docklands when two massive American vessels dropped anchor to the delight of locals and visitors alike.
American tourists Leonard Young (45) and his nephew Timothy Carbaugh (28), from Pennsylvania, were lured to Sir John Rogerson's Quay when they caught sight of a giant American flag flapping over the Liffey.
At 90 metres long, the US Coast Guard's Cutter Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the American flag.
Since 1946, the three-masted "square rigger" has been used as a training ship for coast guard cadets.
The impressive vessel last visited these shores in 1996 before cruising into the capital at 1.30pm yesterday.
Her 55-strong crew of cadets and coast guard officers are offering free public tours today from 10am to 2pm and from 10am to 7pm tomorrow through to Monday before sailing to London and back home to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut.
"I love the ship. I feel really proud. We were feeling homesick and I saw the flag and it reminded us of home so we had to come see it," Mr Carbaugh said.
Dubliner Philip Kelly (44) was delighted to stumble upon the ship while out for a stroll with his three year-old daughter Caoimhe who was hoping to encounter pirates on board.
Meanwhile, Disney also brought its own form of magic to Dublin Port when its super cruise liner Disney Magic arrived on a maiden voyage from Florida with 2,700 passengers and 950 cast and crew on board.
Dublin is the only Irish port of call in the 12-night transatlantic cruise that finishes in Dover.
But the 300-metre long ship will be back on June 13.