The Amerigo Vespucci
Livorno is famous worldwide for Amerigo Vespucci, one of the most beautiful sailing ships in the world. The ship was designed by Lieutenant Colonel Francesco Rotundi, Lieutenant Colonel of Naval Engineers, it was built in the shipyards of Castellammare di Stabia in 1930 and launched 22 February 1931.
In 1931 Augusto Radicati di Genova Marmorito received from the flag of fighting. Also in 1931, 4 July took place the first addestrativa Country in Northern Europe, the previous ones were made aboard the Columbus.
In the Olympic Games of 1952 the commander Augustine Straulino won the Olympic gold at the Olympics in Helsinki for sailing inner class star, and a silver medal in the same event at the Olympics in Melbourne in 1956.
During the Second World War alongside the Christopher Columbus who, after the war, was ceded to the Soviet Union as war compensation.
This beautiful sailing ship of the Italian Navy, is the only one used for training of cadets of the Naval Academy. In recent years the Amerigo Vespucci has represented Italy in the world as an ambassador of our art, culture and marine engineering.
He made stops in some of the most important ports in the world: in 2002 Auckland for the 31st America's Cup in 2004 in Athens.
In 2000 he participated in the Tall Ship's Race, a race in which competing sailing ships of navies around the world, winning the second place, after the German Gorch Fock.
Technical data of the Amerigo Vespucci
- Net tonnage: 1,202.57 tons
- Width 15.50 m
- Speed 10 knots
- Hull: steel three bridges defined deck, battery and corridor with castle and mold respectively in the bow and stern.
- Sail area: 2,800 square meters, 26 square sails and cutting in sailcloth (natural fiber)
- Rigging: 3 masts and bowsprit, mast (54 meters), foresail (50 meters) and mizzen (43 meters) - the bottom of trees, masts and rigging low steel
- Standing and running rigging in natural fiber for about 34 km in length
- Coverage of the bridge, castle, keep and finishes in teak wood.
- Motor apparatus: two engines Diesel Fiat B308 ESS accopiati to an electric motor propulsion Marelli 1491.4 kW, 1 propeller 4 blade fixed, four diesel alternators for electricity.
Visit Amerigo Vespucci
To be able to board the most beautiful ship in the world you need to go to the port where it is moored, and simply make the line with the other onlookers keen to visit. If you can climb aboard this wonderful ship you will have the chance to visit it, except under cover, and if you are lucky you will see the stern area, where is the room of the master, but it is very difficult.
Amerigo Vespucci: the stages
For more information and know the stages closest to you during the training period, you can contact the Office of Public Relations of the Italian Navy at the following number: 800 862032
Crew of the Amerigo Vespucci
16 officers, 70 petty officers and 200 sailors.
In summer it hosts the first-year students of the Naval Academy for a total of 470 people.