Heraklion Port Welcomes a Great Sailing Ship – the ‘Amerigo Vespucci’
If you are a camera buff and/or into old sailing ships a treat awaits you until Wednesday in the port of Heraklion.
This past Sunday one of the world’s biggest and most impressive sailing ships and the pride of the Italian Navy, the ‘Amerigo Vespucci’, sailed into the port of Heraklion for a 3-Day official visit.
The Amerigo Vespucci has a dual role. Not only is it used as a training vessel by Italy’s Navy Cadets Academy but sails during the year to nearby countries as an ambassador of Italy’s arts, culture and maritime traditions.[ch8232][ch8232]The Amerigo Vespucci has visited ports in Bulgaria, France, Romania, Tunisia, Turkey and the Ukraine on this year’s voyage. Heraklion was its last port of call on this voyage.[ch8232][ch8232] According to the press release, the Amerigo Vespucci was built in 1930 at the Naval Shipyard of Castellanmare di Strabia, and was launched on February 22, 1931. The tall ship is based at the Marina Militare, in the port of Livorno, Italy. That is its destination on Wednesday.