The Amerigo Vespucci tall ship, sail training vessel for the Marina Militare (Italian Navy), is coming to Dublin this week. It will be open to visitors and Coast Monkey recommends you take the opportunity to have a good look around this amazing ship.
The ship, launched in February 1931, was designed by General Lieutenant Francesco Rotundi of the Italian Navy Engineering Corps in the style of late 18th century 74 cannon Ships of the line. The ship was named after the famous Italian navigator and explorer Amerigo Vespucci from whom America takes its name and the figurehead is a life-sized model of the man.
She is a full-rigged ship with three masts and a steel hull, is a 101 m in overall length and weighs 4145 tons. The hull is painted black with two white stripes, reminiscent of the two-gun decks of the ships on which she’s based. She’s used as a training vessel for the Italian navy and is currently on summer training campaign with pupils from the Naval Academy.
In 1962 – the story goes – while sailing in the Mediterranean, the US aircraft carrier USS Independence flashed the vessel asking “who are you?”, the Amerigo Vespucci said who they were and the US ship replied “you are the most beautiful ship the world”. A fine and very possibly true compliment.
The ship is sailing into Dublin port on the 9th of August and sailing back out on the 13th. This Vespucci will be docked on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay and will be open to the public Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. This is certainly one not to be missed.
Opening times for public viewing:
Wednesday 10th Aug: 16.00-18.30 and 20.00-21.30
Thursday 11th August: 10.30-12.00 and 14.30-17.00
Friday 12th August: 10.30-12.00 and 14.30-17.00