Colombian Navy sailing ship ARC Gloria. credit: theprismauk

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.

The ARC Gloria are ambassadors of the Colombian Navy and serves as a showcase of Colombia to the world. The vessel is named after Mrs. Gloria Zawadsky, wife of the late Defense Minister General Revéiz Pizarro. Gloria’s flag is the largest of any vessel in the world. It measures 60 by 42.5 feet (18 by 13m). It takes six people to raise.

The Colombian Navy sailing ship ARC Gloria visiting Naval Station Mayport. credit: Colombian Navy

Working Harbor Committee has two special events for this historic event:

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by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee