Yesterday afternoon we were very privileged to tour the US Coast Guard Barque Eagle in dock in Portsmouth Harbor. What a treat that was!! It sailed into harbor at 8:30 am with a parade of about 50 boats in the rain. We could not be there for it's entry into the harbor but the swabs told me that they were amazed by the turn out of people there to welcome them! Our tour guides were swabs who sailed up from Newport RI and will be bussed back to New London to be replaced by another group of swabs for the trip back to NL... If any of you are parents of 2010 swabs ..... your kids are fabulous! You have much to be proud! They stood on deck for the tour and freely answered our questions as best they could. The ones we spoke to were from WV, VA, So Cal, FL, IL....... some had sailed before but most had not. One swab said it was "quite Interesting" climbing that rigging! I said so you didn't come with a fear of heights.... he just grinned and I said Oh I get it.... you conquered your fear of heights pretty quickly! He just smiled and said "Yes, Ma'am"! The swabs were grateful for their break from basic training and looking forward to a few hours of liberty. Also, they seemed eager for classes to start! My daughter enjoyed talking with the swabs and I think she saw that they were just like her......kids who are green in their knowledge and experience but eager to learn. She saw that you don't need to have extensive sea experience... but you need to have desire to do and to learn.