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Why is the US still using a Nazi tall ship?

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The Eagle was built by the Nazis and fought for Hitler in World War Two - so how did a tall ship that once flew the swastika end up as a training vessel for new US Coast Guard cadets?

Driving home along the coast of Connecticut one winter's evening, Tido Holtkamp saw a ghost.

There she was - moored in the harbour, her three towering masts, draped with those familiar sails he had rigged back in the German Navy in World War Two.

Her body had been repainted in the red, white and blue of the US, but her curves were unmistakable.

"That's my ship!" shouted Holtkamp, stopping the car. "That's my ship. The Horst Wessel. What in the world is she doing here in America?"

He may be 89 years old now, but the old sailor still twinkles wide-eyed as he recalls that moment back in 1959.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33543706

 
 
 

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The nazis boardcast the first tv signal ever.  Why do we still use TV? 
The nazis did the first olympic torch relay.  Why do we still do the olympic torch relay? 
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The nazis built the first helicopter.  Why do we still use helicopters?
The nazis built the first assault rifle.  Why do we still use assault rifles?
The nazis built the first smart bombs. why do we still use smart bombs?
The nazis built the first stealth plane.  Why do we still use stealth planes?
the nazis built the first night vision gear. why do we still use night vision gear?

Have I sufficiently illustrated the stupidity of the original question yet?
 

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