The Italian tall ship, Amerigo Vespucci at sea

The Italian tall ship, Amerigo Vespucci at sea

'The most beautiful ship in the world' arrives at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

23 August 2018

A summer of must-sees and unforgettable moments at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard continue with a special visit of the Italian tall ship, Amerigo Vespucci.

Named after the eponymous explorer, the ship was launched in 1931 and put into active service in July of that year. Measuring a total of 82.4 metres, the hull has three full-rigged masts and painted in glorious black and white stripes. Its racing prowess stems from entering tall ship races across the globe and helped by a recently updated engine that was installed in 2016. The ship can reach speeds of up to 10 knots with a range of 5450 nautical miles.

Other stand-out features include the 26 sails, arranged in manner that is both traditional and eye catching. The sails cover a total of 2824 m2 and can operate in severe sea and wind conditions – a magnificent experience for every adventurer.

Once dubbed the most beautiful ship in the world by the American aircraft carrier, USS Independence, the ship is expected to draw crowds with plenty of jaw-drops expected. Visitors will be able to see the Amerigo Vespucci from 24 – 27 August with a special preview on Sunday 26 August between 1pm and 4pm. Visitors will be able to access the ships for free with a valid ticket.

If one guest ship wasn’t enough, two Japanese training ships will be arriving between 25 – 28 August. Berthed on the north corner of Portsmouth Naval Base, these traditional ships will be bringing their band to the Port Arena at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 1pm.

Interesting facts about Amerigo Vespucci:

  1. The Vespucci carried the Olympic torch from Piraeus, Greece to Syracuse, Sicily in the 1960 Rome Olympic games 
  2. A usual welcome involving passenger ships will include saluting and blowing the horn three times

See the Amerigo Vespucci and Japanese training ships

Get your camera ready for an unforgettable photo opportunity to remember this bank holiday weekend. 

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