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Crew Member From Coast Guard Cutter 'Eagle' Talks 2017 Sail Boston02:33
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The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle makes its way to San Juan Bay in Puerto Rico in 2014. (Ricardo Arduengo/AP)
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle makes its way to San Juan Bay in Puerto Rico in 2014. (Ricardo Arduengo/AP)

The signature event of Sail Boston 2017 takes place Saturday.

Fifty-six tall ships from around the world will sail into Boston Harbor for the Grand Parade of Sail. Large crowds are expected to jam along the harbor front to watch the spectacle.

And, of course, crew members will have the reverse perspective — getting quite the view of the city and of the more than one million people expected to turn out for the five days of Sail Boston.

Lok Tran is a crew member from Boston aboard the U.S. Coast Guard's Tall Ship Eagle.

The Eagle is the seventh U.S. Coast Guard cutter to bear that name. Built in 1936, it was originally operated by Nazi Germany to train cadets for the German navy. The U.S. took the ship as a war prize after World War II.

Tran joined WBUR's Weekend Edition Saturday from aboard the vessel as it prepared for the grand parade.

This segment aired on June 17, 2017.

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