The Evolution of Sail Training from the Nineteenth Century to the 1980s

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    Stephen B. G
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    In “The Evolution of Sail Training from the Nineteenth Century to the 1980s” Pages 201-220 Volume 106, 2020 – Issue 2 of The Mariner’s Mirror, published online 01 May 2020, I was surprised that author Frank Scott omitted mention of the US Coast Guard sail training barque “Eagle,” former German “Horst Wessel,” except in a note as being one of the sisters of the “Gorch Fock.” He does note the use of the cutter Salmon P. Chase which was used for cadet training in the late 1800’s, as the original home to the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service School of Instruction, later U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The Revenue Cutter Service and later Coast Guard has used sailing ships for training almost continuously from the nineteenth century on, including using the interned Danish sail training vessel “Danmark” during WWII for that purpose, which I think illustrates some of the author’s intentions. Having been trained on “Eagle,” I would strongly agree with the author that the experience builds character among trainees and “exposed them to the full force of the environment, thus making them both better officers and better seamen.” I am just curious why the author did not include a mention of the Eagle and the U.S. Coast Guard’s continued use of her for cadet training. Thank you, Stephen Glynn

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    Frank Scott
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    I am sorry that you are so offended, but in a word limited article there is only so much that one can cover. Indeed the editor had to allow me to exceed the normal limit in order for me to go as far as I did. Moreover as stated in the title the aim was not a history of every ship & organisation (which would have needed several volumes), merely to identify trends. I may say that one of those who I consulted & who read through various drafts was a distinguished former Captain of USCGC Eagle, Captain David. V. Wood.
    Frank Scott

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