Today's "C" is the barque ARM Cuauhtémoc from Mexico. However, it is here seen leaving Bergen, Norway, during the Tall Ships' Races in August 2008. A very beautiful ship she is and a favourite among the inhabitants of Bergen, at least. She has visited us several times. She is famous for entering the visiting harbour with the crew standing on the yards, singing. I did not catch that this time, but here is link to one who caught her entering Rostock in 2006.
Like her sisterships, the Colombian Gloria, the Ecuadorian Guayas and the Simón Bolívar of Venezuela, the Cuauhtémoc is a sailing ambassador for her home country and a frequent visitor to world ports, having sailed over 400,000 nautical miles (700,000 km) in her 23 years of service with appearances at the Cutty Sark Tall Ships' Races, ASTA Tall Ships Challenges, Sail Osaka, and others.
The public was allowed to enter and we were received with the utmost courtesy and elegance. However, for security reasons we could not enter the rigging. Just as well, I think.
Wikipedia has more to say about the technical specifications:
|Class and type:||Barque|
|Length:||220 ft 4 in (67.2 m) waterline|
|Beam:||39 ft 4 in (12 m)|
|Draft:||17.7 ft (5.4 m)|
296.9 ft (90.5 m)
25,489 sq ft (2,368 m²)
|Notes:||Steel hulled vessel|
As you can see, the brass was polished and the ropes in order.
Today's post is an entry in the fourth round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt.
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