After visiting Miami and continuing her LXXXVII Training Cruise, the Spanish Navy Training Ship ‘Juan Sebastian de Elcano’ will dock at Broadway Pier at Fell’s Point in the morning of May 31st in the city of Baltimore. The sailing vessel will have an intense agenda during her visit including a flag swearing ceremony on June 4th for Spanish citizens who live in Baltimore, as well as a midshipmen visit to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis.
The ship will be open to the public for tours with the following schedule:
May 31 from 16.00 to 19.00 hours.
June 1 from 10.00 to 13.00 hours and from 16.00 to 19.00 hours.
June 2 from 10.00 a 13.00 hours.
June 3 from 10.00 a 13.00 hours and from 16.00 to 19.00 hours.
June 4 from 16.00 to 19.00 hours.
Having departed from Cadiz (Spain) on the fifth of March, the ship has so far
visited the ports of Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain), Fortaleza (Brazil), San Juan
(Puerto Rico), Havana (Cuba) and Miami (USA).
The ‘Juan Sebastian de Elcano’ will depart from Baltimore May fifth setting sail
across the Atlantic back to Spain where she expects to arrive the first of July, and
then to Cádiz on the sixth, finishing her Cruise.
Training Ship for future Navy Officers
As a training ship, the ‘Juan Sebastian de Elcano’ has the main purpose of
training the future Spanish Naval Officers, the midshipmen. In order to do so, she
undertakes a training cruise every year, most of them visiting different ports
outside of Spain. Approximately 75% of the time in these cruises are spent
underway, while Midshipmen are receiving lessons and participating in every
manoeuvre. Out of 87 cruises, ten of them have been trips around the world.
During all the cruises the ship has suffered all kinds of high seas and strong
winds, and she has always shown an excellent behavior even in the worst
Furthermore, the ship is also a floating embassy. Her presence in all the foreign
countries and ports has a very helpful result in supporting the foreign policy of the
Spanish Government, and also showing the Spanish Colours to spread the image
of Spain. This also allows the Spaniards who live abroad to feel the presence of
Spain wherever they are.
The crew, commanded by Captain Victoriano Gilabert Agote, is composed of 23
officers, 22 petty-officers, 80 midshipmen, 132 enlisted personnel and 4 civilians.
She was commissioned on the 29th of February 1928 and was built by the
‘Echevarrieta & Larrinaga’ shipyards in Cadiz. So, since her first Cruise, she has
sailed more than one million seven hundred thousand nautical miles and has
visited over 197 ports in 71 different countries.
The ship has a length of 113 meters and a width of 13 meters. ‘Elcano’ was
named honorary ambassador in 2009 by ‘Marca España’.