Tomorrow April 25 visits of the ship Amerigo Vespucci, moored at the pier Varicella (Entrance door Marola Navy Arsenale) from 2.30 to 6.30 pm.
The “Lady of the Sea” is preparing for its “85 years” commemorative campaign trip after a long break for the modernization works, which will bring it to sail in some of the main Italian ports, to greet people and allow the public to visit the ship, take part in exhibitions, participate in cultural events and charities on board the sailing ship.
Following the Vespucci will return to do its job, which is to a training ship for the Navy officials, in a campaign in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.
A wonderful opportunity, that of tomorrow, to admire this magnificent sailing ship that has maintained its characteristics to the ancient traditions of the Italian Navy: the sails are still in sailcloth, gray fabric with a very dense texture, the tops are still all plant material, and all operations are performed by hand; each order on board is given by the master, via the boatswain, with the whistle; the embarkation and disembarkation of an official takes place with the honors depending on the host’s degree.
The importance of the Vespucci for the Navy is celebrated worldwide: transatlantics normally have the highest priority, but in the presence of the tall ship they turn off the engines, give priority and pay homage playing three shots of siren, which is equivalent to a greeting.
In addition to training, particularly in the last decade, the Amerigo Vespucci had the task of sea ambassador for art, culture and Italian engineering, appearing in many of the most important ports in the world on special occasions such in Auckland (New Zealand) in October 2002 on the occasion of the 31st edition of the America’s Cup.
In addition, the ship has participated in 2000 to the Tall Ships’ Race, the competition that compares the tall sailing ships with tall masts of Navies around the world.