The 79-foot national historic landmark schooner American Eagle ran aground Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 2, during the Somes Sound Windjammer Parade, according to the Coast Guard. The schooner’s home port is the North End Shipyard in Rockland.

At about 3:15 p.m., the Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor received a call from the crew aboard the American Eagle that they had run aground, according to a release from the USCG’s public affairs office in Boston.

The American Eagle was in the midst of a six-day trip and participating in the parade in celebration of Acadia National Park’s 100th anniversary, according to Shary Fellows, office manager for the American Eagle.

A 29-foot response boat crew from Station Southwest Harbor and a Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel were nearby providing safety patrols for the parade, and they made their way toward American Eagle's location.

“It was low tide and they got a little too close to shore trying to stay away from all the other boats in the parade,” Fellows said. “It occasionally happens, but not on a regular basis.”

A 47-foot response boat crew also launched from the station, and several good Samaritans joined in the response, according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary and several good Samaritan vessels transported the 25 guests safely from the sailboat to a local boatyard.

They crew of the schooner boxed up dinner and the galley crew went ashore with the guests and they all had a shoreside dinner, Fellows said.

The American Eagle's crew of five remained aboard with the intent of refloating the boat at about 9 p.m. when high tide arrived; however, they moored overnight, according to Nicole Groll, a public affairs specialist for the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard conducted an inspection of the hull in the morning and the schooner was cleared Wednesday, Groll said. No damage was done to the schooner and no injuries or pollution were reported.

On Wednesday American Eagle left for Swan’s Island for the Sweet Chariot Music Festival and was able to keep on schedule, Fellows said. They had planned to stay anchored in Somes Sound after the parade. The American Eagle is due back at the dock in Rockland at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, she said.

The American Eagle was launched June 2, 1930, as the Andrew & Rosalie, the last fishing schooner built in Gloucester, Mass., according to its website. It was renamed the American Eagle May 5, 1941, by then-Capt. Ben Pine.

In October 1984 the American Eagle came to Rockland to be rebuilt and started sailing the Maine coast in June 1986. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991. Capt. John C. Foss is its current captain and owner. The American Eagle sails on cruises of varying lengths, from two to nine days, and is a member of the Maine Windjammer Association.