Saturday, March 3, 2012

J. S. de Elcano visits Pensacola

The Juan Sebastián de Elcano was built in 1927 in Cadiz, Spain. She is a training ship for the Royal Spanish Navy. She is a four-masted topsail, steel-hulled schooner. At 113 meters (370 feet) long, she is the third-largest Tall Ship in the world. She is named after Spanish explorer Juan Sebastián Elcano, captain of Ferdinand Magellan's last exploratory fleet. The ship visited Pensacola to help commemorate the 450th anniversary of the discovery of Pensacola. Pensacola was first settled in August 15, 1559 by Spanish explorer, Tristan de Luna, and the tall ship represented this journey and honored community's Spanish heritage.
The Spanish Navy training vessel Juan Sebastian de Elcano renders a 21-gun salute as the ship passes Naval Air Station Pensacola on its way to the Port of Pensacola.

On June 3, the city hosted a boat parade and welcoming ceremony when the Elcano sailed into Pensacola Bay. The ship was docked at the Pensacola Port.



The Spanish Navy training ship, Juan Sebastián de Elcano, launched in Cádiz in 1927, is one of the largest tall ships in the world at 370 feet (113 meters). Also one of the oldest tall ships still sailing, the "de Elcano" set sail on her first training voyage on August 1, 1928, for a 10-month trip around the world. Since then, this beauty has logged more than 1,500,000 nautical miles, sailing through all the seas and calling at most of the significant ports around the globe.
The Juan Sebastián de Elcano is steel-hulled, and rigged as a four mast brig-schooner with crossed foresail. Her original mission as a training vessel has been augmented by her employment as a tool for cultural exchange. The jewel of every port she visits, she allows locals a chance to learn a bit about Spain's naval history, and gives Spaniards abroad a chance to step onto Spanish "soil" for a few moments. Both King Juan Carlos and the Prince of Asturias are among those who have been trained on board the schooner, named after Spanish explorer Juan Sebastián de Elcano, captain of Ferdinand Magellan's last exploratory fleet. The ship carries the de Elcano coat of arms, granted by Emperor Charles I - a globe with the motto: "Primus Circumdedisti Me" ("First to circumnavigate me").

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