The Most Beautiful Sailing Ship in the World

In 1962, the American aircraft carrier U.S.S. Independence (CV 62) flashes the indicator and asked: Who are you? The answer was “training ship Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian Navy.” By U.S.S. Independence “You are the most beautiful ship in the world.”  So it is. Pride Italian, Amerigo Vespucci is the most beautiful ship in the world and after a long restructuring today 2 March 2016, at around 8.30 has taken the sea route. Perhaps it comes to technical tests, the ship is in fact leaving the port of La Spezia with MEP, his new propulsion electric motor. The “older” units of the Naval Team has been engaged in gigantic works of modernization and extension of its working life that also contemplated the apparatus replacement propulsion and electricity generation. In fact, already on December 14 last year the ship Amerigo Vespucci has set in motion for the first time two of its four new diesel-engine generators. Then began the delicate phase of the port tests (HAT – Harbor Acceptance Trials), which saw the vessel engaged in final redevelopment activities.

The sailing ship, school ship for training of cadets of the normal roles of the Naval Academy, was built by the workers of the Shipyard of Castellammare di Stabia, launched February 22, 1931 was delivered to the Navy on May 26 of the same year to enter in eleven days after service. On 15 October 1931, in the port of Genoa, he received the Combat Flag in the hands of the first commander, Augusto Radicati di Marmorito. The Amerigo Vespucci boasts 79 education cruises with different itineraries, it traveled to Northern Europe 42 times, 23 in the Mediterranean, Eastern Atlantic in 4, 7 in North America, one in South America and one circumnavigating the globe. In addition to training has often had the task of art ambassador of Italian culture and engineering, appearing in many of the most important ports in the world on particular occasions such Auckland (New Zealand) at the 2003 America’s Cup and more recently in Athens in 2004 for the Olympics and at Portsmouth in 2005 for the commemoration of the battle of Trafalgar where he had a leading role.hatch

On board they keep the old traditions unchanged. The sails are still in sailcloth, the tops are even plant material and all operations are strictly performed by hand. Each order on board is given by the master, via the boatswain, with the whistle; and the embarkation and disembarkation of an official takes place with the honors at the gangway according to the host’s degree. And although according to the international nautical code transatlantic route would always have the priority over other ships, when they cross the Amerigo Vespucci also turn off their engines, give precedence and greet her with three shots of siren. A respectful bow to the most beautiful sailing ship in the world.

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