A new ship docked in the Halifax harbour is putting the tall back into the Tall Ships Festival.

With 21,350 square feet of sail the U.S. Coast Guard training Barque Eagle is the tallest ship to land at this year's festival.

Originally from Germany, the 76-year-old ship fought in the Second World War. It was then part of the U.S. Navy before becoming a training vessel.

The commanding officer Wes Pulver trained on the ship 30 years ago.

"This is where these young apprentices are training now. As an example we have young Canadian sea sails coming on board for the next three weeks and we'll be able to train them as well," he said.

The three-masted Eagle is docked at the Cable Wharf at the foot of George Street.