SSS Horst Wessel served as the flagship of the Kriegsmarine sail training fleet, which consisted of Gorch Fock, Albert Leo Schlageter, and Horst Wessel.
(Mircea was also built in 1937 for the Romanian Navy, and work began on a fifth ship called Herbert Norkus, but was stopped with the outbreak of war.) Horst Wessel was commanded by Captain August Thiele, a previous Captain of Gorch Fock, and it was homeported in Kiel.
He also wrote the song which came to be known as "Horst-Wessel-Lied" and used in the Nazi national anthem.
The name was given in tribute to SA leader Horst Wessel, who had been accorded martyr status by the Nazi Party.In 1877, the first cadets to enroll in the United States Revenue Cutter Service, the predecessor to the U. Coast Guard, undertook their training on board the Revenue Cutter James C. During the 1930s, the Academy did not have a resident sailing vessel for cadet training.In 1939, the Danish Navy's sail training vessel Danmark was in New York City to take part in the 1939 World's Fair.After World War II broke out, the ship was offered to the U. government and transferred to the Coast Guard Academy, where she was commissioned as USCGC Danmark and served as the cadet training ship until 26 September 1945, when she was returned to the Danish government.Sail training during these early years of the Coast Guard Academy is remarkably similar to the program on board Eagle today.