A tall ship used by the Nazis in the second world war, and later commandeered by the USA, is mooring up in Canary Wharf later this week — allowing visitors aboard for free.
The Eagle — a symbol associated with both the Nazis and the United States — was built in Hamburg in 1936, and taken by the US as a reparation following the war. These days it's used by the Coast Guard Academy, who'll be mooring up in Canary Wharf from 9 June, and inviting Londoners aboard to learn about life at sea.
The three-masted ship (or barque, if you will) is the tallest that the USA owns, has hosted presidents including Truman, Nixon and JFK, and is described as a kind of 'floating ambassador' for the USA.
It's open for free public tours at Canary Wharf on the following dates and times:
• 9 June: noon-7pm
• 10 June: 10am-7pm
• 11 June: 10am-7pm
• 12 June: noon-7pm
• 13 June: 10am-7pm