World’s Third-largest Tall Ship calls to Dublin Port
370ft four-masted Spanish Naval Ship “Juan Sebastián de Elcano” opens to the public
6/4/2014
The Spanish Embassy in Dublin and Dublin Port Company have announced that the world’s third-largest Tall Ship, the 370 foot long, four-masted “Juan Sebastián de Elcano” will visit Dublin from Saturday, 7th until Thursday, 12th June.
The impressive steel-hulled schooner will be met by two Dublin Port Company tug boats and a flotilla of yachts from local sailing clubs in a ceremonial escort to mark the ship’s arrival at 7.30am this Saturday in Dublin Bay.
Led by Captain Enrique Torres Piñeyro, the “Elcano” is used primarily as a training ship for the Royal Spanish Navy, preparing its Officers for long periods at sea. She will arrive in Dublin carrying 191 crew on board, who will participate in a five-day programme of engagements in the capital to promote Spanish-Irish cultural exchange.
This includes a number of free public open days, when Dubliners and visitors to the city will be able to board and inspect this magnificent vessel up close in the following locations:
At Sir John Rogerson’s Quay:
Sunday 8th June:        12.00 to 13.00 and 15.30 to 19.00;
Monday 9th June:      10.00 to 12.00 and 15.30 to 19.00
 
At Alexandra Basin*:
Tuesday 10th June:     15.30 to 19.00;
Wednesday 11th June: 10.00 to 13.00 and 15.30 to 19.00
 
The ship, now on its 85th training voyage, has been sailing for 23 days across the Atlantic from the Port of New York en route to Dublin Port.  Built in Cádiz (Spain) in 1928, the “Elcano” has visited 152 ports in more than 70 countries, and of its 85 cruises to date, 10 have been round-the-world trips.  The last time the “Elcano” visited Dublin was in July 1999. Her next ports of call include Hamburg, Germany and Fredrikstad, Norway before returning to Spain.
Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company, said:Dublin Port Company is delighted to welcome the Juan Sebastián de Elcano and her crew to Dublin Port. As a PORT CITY, it’s an honour for Dublin Port to host the world’s third-largest Tall Ship in full view of the city, where she is certain to receive a very warm welcome. I would strongly encourage Dubliners and visitors to the city to take this unique opportunity to visit this spectacular naval ship, and share in Spain’s maritime history and culture over the coming days.”
Javier Garrigues, Spanish Ambassador to Ireland, said: “The arrival to Dublin of the Elcano is an event of major importance and significance. It symbolises the strength of the bilateral relations between Ireland and Spain, two nations united throughout history by close ties, nowadays reinforced by their common membership of the EU. The fact that Dublin has been chosen as a port of call by the Elcano is proof of the importance Spain attaches to Ireland. I am convinced that Elcano´s visit will further enhance the mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries.”
 
* Access to the ship in Alexandra Basin is via a free shuttle bus service from Dublin Port Company’s headquarters on Alexandra Road, Dublin 1.
 
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