The ARC Gloria is a sail training ship and official flagship of the Colombian Navy. ARC stands for Armada Nacional de la República de Colombia. The vessel is a Barque sailing boat ship with a length over of 219 feet (67m); Barque comprises three (or more) masts, fore-and-aft sails on the aftermost mast and square sails on all other masts.
From Wikipedia: The history of the sailing ship ARC Gloria begins in 1966, when the Colombian Government, by means of Decree Number 111, authorized the National Navy, with Vice Admiral Orlando Lemaitre Torres as its commander, to acquire a three-masted barque, as a training ship of the Colombian Navy.
It is said that at that time, in many meetings at work or in social events with the military leadership, the favorite topic of Admiral Lemaitre was the need for a training ship. His enthusiasm and clear ideas encouraged General Gabriel Rebaiz Pizarro, the Colombian Defence Minister, to support the project by taking a napkin and writing on it, “worth one sailboat,” and signing it.
After this strange “pact,” a formal contract was signed with the Spanish Naval Construction Company of Bilbao on 6 October 1966, and began to be fulfilled in April 1967. The ship was commissioned on 7 September 1968.
Working Harbor Committee has two special events for this historic event:
- 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 – includes brunch! Click for tickets.
Just 12 days to go!
by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee