Monday, September 24, 2012

Amerigo Vespucci: Vidhar

Training ship Amerigo Vespucci A 5312, Vidhar 2012, Livorno
Every year about a hundred of cadets of the Naval Academy of Livorno take part in a training cruise on the “Amerigo Vespucci” which usually carry them around the Mediterranean and often beyond. At the end of a two-month cruise the sail ship is back home in Livorno.
Training ship Amerigo Vespucci A 5312, Vidhar 2012, Livorno
Following an old tradition the cadets on board choose the name of their class. This happened in the Bay of Biscay, when the ship was sailing back from Ireland, their choice was “Vidhar” (a god of the Norse mythology) and their motto will be: Etiamsi omnia semper plus ultra (In spite of everything always further beyond).

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External links: Naval Academy of Livorno - Amerigo Vespucci (Wikipedia)

15 comments:

Lois Evensen said...

Oooooh, that is beautiful! Just wonderful images!

My husband trained on a similar ship in Norway, the Christian Radich. Those old sailing ships are spectacular!!!

Michelle said...

What a gorgeous ship, VP. I cannot imagine taking a sail in such a vessel.

Revrunner said...

A stunner!

Jack said...

VP, those are GREAT images. The clouds really make the masts stand out.

Randy said...

What a beauty.

Taken For Granted said...

VP, this is a gorgeous ship, and you have wonderful photos of it. I'll bet these cadets know the name of each of the lines and sails by the time they complete their tour. Must be a challenge to reef the main sky sail in a rolling sea.

tapirgal said...

That first photo is stunning, with my favorite kin of clouds for a background. The second pic is also beautiful. Nice information.

Traveling Hawk said...

It's difficult to imagine the moments when this vessel departed with its first travelers!

Gunn said...

Fantastic!:)

Merisi said...

Such a splendid ship, and you caught it bathed in magical light!

Dina said...

Beautiful pictures.

They sail even beyond the Med? wow

Are the lifeboats in the colors of your flag?

Stefan Jansson said...

Always great to see your photos of this ship.

Cezar and Léia said...

spectacular ship! :)
Léia

Karl Demetz said...

Wow, what a gorgeous ship, fantastic photos too!

JM said...

It's just gorgeous! I love the top shot.