Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Palinuro

Training ship PalinuroThe training ship “Palinuro” arrived yesterday in Livorno for the 26th TAN (Naval Academy Trophy), an annual set of sailboat races taking place every spring.Training ship PalinuroAfter the war the “Cristoforo Colombo”, sister ship of the “Amerigo Vespucci”, was given to the USSR as war damage compensation. The Navy then bought the “Commandant Louis Richard”, a sailing ship built in Nantes in 1934 and used for fishing in the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.Training ship PalinuroThe vessel was refitted in the Navy yard of La Spezia and transformed in a school ship, entering service in 1955. The “Palinuro”, technically a barquentine, is 69 meters long and has a sail surface of about 1,000 square meters.

External links: Palinuro - Barquentine - Amerigo Vespucci - Cristoforo Colombo (Wikipedia)

18 comments:

rob said...

Che spettacolo che linea e che cielo!

joo said...

These ships are beautiful. They look so proud, don't they?

cieldequimper said...

I wish I could have seen that! "La grande pêche sur les bancs de Terre-Neuve". I've never seen the Palinuro, but I have seen the Amerigo Vespucci! I hope you'll be able to show us some of the regattas.

Coşkun said...

Thanks for sharing this photos. I believe good sailor will educated there. Bye

B Squared said...

Another beautiful ship to grace the harbor.

nobu said...

That ship is really elegant.

Saretta said...

Interesting history lesson! And those naval officers...quite dashing!

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting post!
I agree with nobu, soooo elegant ship and those official seens be VIP!
Léia

Jacob said...

Spectacular photos of a spectacular ship. Great job. The officers appear to be giving you the "eye."

henny said...

Did you get onboard? I always love being on a ship, especially because of the smell of oil. It's a very old sailing ship to serve as school ship. When will she resign?

Vogon Poet said...

@ ciel - Sorry, I don't own a boat...
@ Saretta - The Commander is from Bari...
@ Jacob - Believe me, there was more interesting 'material' around than VP, I swear.
@ henny - I was in a hurry, maybe before she leaves.

lemon said...

Aaaaa, I like the middle photo very much!

Laurent said...

Very interesting post. Thanks !

valeria said...

Superb!

Baruch said...

Impressive selection of photos

Tash said...

I liked the ships but I liked the men in the uniform even more. Oh, my. :)

Ayie said...

The ships are magnificent! The Navy on the other hand look so prestigious.

lazerone said...

Palinuro: not so big and magnificent like Vespucci but anyhow very very fine.
Personally I prefer Palinuro with its barquentine rig: a small precious gem sailing unter the Italian flag.

Lazer_One