The Mexican Naval Training Ship Cuauhtémoc. photo: John Hibben
She is one of four sister ships built by the Naval Shipyards of Spain in 1982. They were built similar to the 1930′s designs of the German firm Blohm & Voss, seen in vessels like Gorch Fock, USCGC Eagle and the NRP Sagres.
Like her sister ships, Colombia’s Gloria, Ecuador’s Guayas and Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar, Cuauhtémoc is a sailing ambassador for her country and a frequents ports worldwide, having sailed over 400,000 nautical miles (700,000 km) in her 23 years of service.
Here she is visiting the port of Odessa in Ukraine:
Cuauhtémoc is a steel-hulled Barque vessel, 220 ft. (67.2 m) in length, her main beam is 39 ft 4 in (12 m) high, and has a total sail area of 25,489 sq ft (2,368 m²). She is commanded by Captain Marco Antonio Vila Vivaldo, who is in charge of 186 officers and crew and Mexican Naval 90 trainees.
Cuauhtémoc off the coast of Los Angeles. photo: Wikipedia
Don’t miss this historic event! Working Harbor Committee has two special boat tours offered for the festivities:
- May 22nd – OpSail 2012 Tall Ships Hidden Harbor tour – see the anchored vessels up close. Click for tickets.
- May 23rd – OpSail 2012 VIP Parade of Sail tour – aboard the luxurious Zephyr and includes brunch! Click for tickets.
Tickets are limited and flying out the door, so book your seat today!
by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee