Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cruise of the Eagle

Q: I am searching for a feature that I think was on The Wonderful World of Disney about 30 years ago. It described the Coast Guard training school and boat rescue at Cape Disappointment in Astoria, Oregon. It may have been filmed to coincide with the release of The Boatniks. Can you give me any more information and is it available for purchase?
Marian, San Pedro, California

A [Dave Smith]: Perhaps you are thinking of Cruise of the Eagle. Here is the entry from my Disney A to Z encyclopedia: "'People and Places' featurette; released on March 19, 1959. The varied and important services of the U.S. Coast Guard are glimpsed. They warn ships of dangerous shoals, keep sea lanes open with icebreakers, face gale and hurricane to accurately forecast the weather in remote areas of the Atlantic and Pacific, and perform rescue services to ships and downed aircraft. We are also told of a training program of men of the Coast Guard and their many hardships. Filmed in CinemaScope. 18 min." The film is not available for purchase.


2 comments:

  1. Do you have the Eagle Cruise to Panama, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Nova Scotia from 1956? My husband sailed aboard the Eagle for this cruise and is interested in seeing the film. Thank you.

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  2. I know someone who was aboard the ship as well. I have been trying to track this video down to show him for his 85th birthday this fall.

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