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There was a day's weather delay for Sail South Texas this year because of the week's hurricane in the Gulf [Alex]...but the four ships finally arrived at the Naval Base Ingleside Texas. The distance from where I live is about a 30 minute drive, either around the back way from Mustang Island across the automobile ferry into the base or around and over the Port Channel's Harbor Bridge and around Corpus Christi Bay. Bud and I chose the aforementioned route...across the island. Reason is, we didn't get to go see the arrival of the first three ships that came into port on Friday because we were busy taking things out of the safety of the garage; back into our yard. Way too busy to go anywhere. But the schedule of arrival for the fourth and last sailing ship was at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. And from going to the back route, we had plans of stopping on the channel itself. Locals know where to view ships coming in this way. Not too many know of this little road. From the car, we got out and sat on the pier/seawall along the channel and waited. We were also being entertained by dolphins. I tried getting a photo of them as they surfaced the water but to no avail...they're too quick and were moving all around the water for me to know just when and where they'd come up for air again!! Bummed I was. Not too long...as the sun came higher in the sky, we saw the masts of the Uruguayan Ship. [if you look really close, you can see the tall flagged masts near the right center; closest to the tree line - enlarge it for better view].

Capitan Miranda (Uruguay):
Named after legendary captain and researcher, Captain Francisco P. Miranda, Capitan Miranda is a training vessel for the Uruguayan Navy. Originally a Spanish sailing cargo carrier, Capitan Miranda was built in Cadiz, Spain in 1930. After World War II she served as a hydrographic survey vessel for the Uruguayan Navy. It wasn’t until 1978 that the Capitan Miranda was once again converted into a training vessel for the Uruguayan Navy. The homeport is currently located in Montevideo, Uruguay and the Capitan Miranda boasts a length of 205 feet.
Length Overall: 205’
Beam: 27’
Draft: 12’
Rigging: Staysail Schooner
Crew: 33 Cadets, 11 officers
Type of Ship: Barque

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After "The Captain Miranda" got further down the channel, Bud and I hopped into the car and drove out of the back fields and waited in line for the ferry to take us across the channel to Aransas Pass on the other side of Port Aransas. Then, we drove into Ingleside for breakfast as the gates on the base weren't opened to the public until 9:30. We arrived on the base grounds around 9:40; already a huge line of traffic waiting to pay our parking fee and get out and walk the base, along the piers and docks.

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The next three photos are of:
Esmeralda (Chile):
Standing at 371 ft long and 159 ft high, the Esmeralda is currently the second longest and tallest sailing ship in the world. The Esmeralda is currently operated by the Chilean Navy (to train cadets) and was officially launched on May 12, 1953. The tall ship was constructed in Cadiz, Spain and was originally planned to be Spain’s national training ship until the yard suffered from explosions and bankruptcy. As a result, Spain transferred the Esmeralda to the Chilean government in order to repay the debts incurred to Chile during the Spanish Civil War. Ever since the completion of its construction the Esmeralda has visited over 300 ports worldwide and has participated in several International Regattas. The Esmeralda has a sister ship called the Juan Sebastián de Elcano, a royal training ship for the Spanish navy. The homeport for the Esmeralda is located in Valparaiso, Chile.
Length Overall: 371’
Beam: 42’8”
Draft: 19’8”
Rigging: Four masted barquentine
Crew: 300 sailors, 90 midshipmen
Type of Ship: Barque


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The two of us, below, aboard the ship from Mexico, "The Cuauhtémoc". For me, it was the prettiest of all! The wood was finished in such a high gloss, the ship was impeccable. Very impressed was I. And the sailors were most conjenial!! So, so polite and respecting to their superiors and even the elder visitors!! A Cuauhtémoc Sailor, Bud near the bow [in white shirt], Me, at the helm.


Photo below: One of the ships [from Mexico] in "Dressing" - a navy term for having the flags where they've been in their travels around the world...on the mast lines:

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TOP: Capitan [Captain] Miranda


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Some miscellaneous photos of the rigging and views of them lined in a row along with off the port side looking back through the ships' channel [with a tanker behind at another pier]

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History of the two other ships not covered above:

Cuauhtémoc (Mexico):
Named after the last Aztec Emperor Cuauhtémoc, the famed tall ship is currently used as a training vessel for the Mexican Navy. Built and assembled by the Naval Shipyards of Bilbao, Spain, the Cuauhtémoc was officially received July 29, 1982 in Spain. The Cuauhtémoc has been in active service since 1982 with Acapulco, Mexico acting as its homeport. Weighing an impressive 1,800 tons and measuring 220 ft and 4 inches in length, the Cuauhtémoc is an impressive mix of culture, history, and military advancement. The Cuauhtémoc can be translated and referred to as the “one that has descended like an eagle.”

Length Overall: 270’
Beam: 39’4”
Draft: 17’1”
Rigging: Barque
Crew: Total of 185 cadets and officers
Type of Ship: Barque


USCGC Eagle (United States):
The USGC Eagle is a sailing vessels used to train United States Coast Guard cadets. She is currently the seventh to bear the name Eagle for a U.S. Navy or Coast Guard ship. The Eagle was originally called the “Horst Wessel” and was commissioned in 1936 as a German sail training bark. After World War II, the “Horst Wessel" was transferred to the United States as part of the war reparations. On May 15, 1946 the ship was commissioned into what is now a training vessel for the U.S. Coast Guard. The Eagle carries 12 officers, 38 crew and 150 cadets from the Coast Guard Academy. The ship can spread some 20,000 square feet of sail and control more than 20 miles of rigging lines while under way. Each year the Eagle takes a long cruise to the Caribbean or Europe and several short trips around the U.S. East Coast. The homeport for the USCGC Eagle is the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.
Length Overall: 295’
Beam: 39'
Draft: 17’
Rigging: Barque
Crew: 12 officers, 38 crew, 150 cadets
Type of Ship: Barque

POSTED: Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
1:00 A.M.


  1. Awesome and interesting post.

  2. Anonymous7/07/2010

    This is so interesting. I really enjoyed reading this. And the photos are spectacular. Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. these ships are so majestic! I enjoyed reading your post!

  4. Interesting! I love the colorful flags on it!

  5. Love the romance of tall ships! All these photos are like finding secret treasure to me! What an experience it must have been to board and wander these great vessels! Wonderful photos!

  6. Those are beautiful scenes - I remember seeing the Tall ships when they were in Belfast NIreland many years ago.

  7. These are wonderful. Ships have such an elegance. It looks like you had fun taking these.

  8. What a fun day! Tall ships are so beautiful and have such character. Thanks for taking us along!

  9. Beuautful post and infop Anni.
    Thank you for sharing.

    Have a great week.

  10. Great Post! I love all the detail & the pics of the figureheads & the ship from Mexico with the "Dressing". Thanks for sharing :-)

  11. What beautiful grand ships. Thanks for sharing your excursion with us.

  12. What lovely shots and what a blessing that you got to see the ships and take the pics.

  13. Oh Wow beautiful Annie.I love those ships. This summer there will be a tall ships show in Holland here too. We will certainly go watch it.

  14. Interesting, great post, love the shots. :)

  15. Wonderful photos! We went to see the tall ships when they came to Charleston last year! It was a wonderful site! They are beautiful, aren't they? So glad they were able to make it down there afterall!

  16. Wonderful ships and you captured so many details. We had tall ships race in stockholm a couple of years ago. A massive sight when they set sails

  17. Anonymous7/07/2010

    gorgeous! Have a wonderful Wednesday.

  18. Those were sure beautiful. I'll bet it would be a true sight to see in person.
    Thanks for sharing them with us.I enjoyed reading the history of the boats.
    you sure do look good at the helm.
    Have a great Wednesday.

  19. G'morn, Anni ~ What a FABULOUS AWESOME sight to see. These ships are so majestic!

    I do believe the Eagle is the one we've seen before here either here in Baltimore or in CT.

    Did you fair well thru Alex?

    TYSM for sharing these breathtakingly stately ships.

    Have a lovely day ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  20. Gorgeous! I saw this in Boston years ago and it was amazing. Love the pictures.

  21. Oh I just love to see the Tall Ships...so impressive. Great photos

  22. Wonderful pictures and history of these tall ships, Anni. I just love to see them at sea, with all their sails furled, what a glorious sight! We have them coming into San Francisco Bay sometimes.

    It's a far cry from my cruise ship travel, that's for sure.

  23. Anonymous7/07/2010

    Ms Annie that's a pretty handsome boat. I would love to tour that and maybe take it for a spin.

  24. What neat sailing ships. My husband and I saw ships like these on our honeymoon in Hawaii. We got on them and looked around. Mermaid figureheads and all. Aren't these ships just magical. Love them. Great history and photos.

  25. They are majestic aren't they. Some of the ships were in Toronto this weekend too. Hubby would not drive down into Toronto though to see them.

  26. Wow, I love tall ships. These photos are amazing!

  27. Beautiful photos of the ship and everything...Have a great day!

  28. Wonderful Photos of the "Tall Ships".. my "Son" was a 'Cadet' on the "USCG Eagle" and did his time on her,from "Spain" all the way back to "New London"...
    I also lived off base, "Corpus" for two years.. such a wonderful area!
    Very nice post!

  29. Wowie Anni! What a wonderful fleet of ships to see! Love all the details and the flags. Such elegant boats...thanks for sharing them.

  30. Absolutely awesome, Annie. Love the ship in full "dressing." I'm glad you & Bud were able to make the drive to see them.

    Thanks for your comments on Dakota.


  31. What beautiful ships - and what a fun outing - something totally different than we get to see! I am really behind, trying to catch up!

  32. that was quite a tour Anni. So many fine ships. And I like your choise of the details shown. :)

  33. That is really an imposing ship! Great shots.

  34. These are great photos.
    And to be entertained by dolphins... I was only entertained by the noisy gulls!

  35. Wow. Beautiful boats. Thanks for inviting me to come and see them.

  36. Awesome shots Anni!


  37. These are wonderful tall ship photos. I have posted some shots of a tall ship too today but illuminated at night.
    Sydney - City and Suburbs

  38. Oh Annie Sweetie...
    Better late than never. I am slow these days. I have to tell you I felt as though I was right there on the ferry and boarding those ships with you. I love the one of all the flags flying in the breeze from the Meixcan ship displaying their travels. That is quite interesting.

    I couldn't believe how BIG the wheel at the helm was that you were standing next to. My gosh it must take one hec of a BIG person to steer that thing. I would be scared to death. Can you imagine having to turn that wheel for any length of time.

    Most of all I love the two ships figureheads. They are just so beautiful.

    Thank you so much for sharing with me today. I so loved this outing. Looks like I am going to have to stay indoors another week past this Friday. The ear, nose and throat doctor does not want me speaking for one week. My vocal cords are extremely strained from all of the coughing, and they want them to rest. They know if I go back to work, I will have to talk, so it is most likely going to be through July 16th, maybe back to work on the 18th if the doctor agrees. I need something to make. Something to do. I am going bannanas. I will be the butterfly that breaks free from her cocoon once I get out of here.

    I love you sweet friend. Thank you for your prayers and thoughts during this time of illness for me. It has been so appreciated.

    Many hugs and so much love, Sherry

  39. Beautiful ships, how wonderful to watch them sail. I've been thinking about the little turtles, I hope they stay away from the oil in the gulf.

  40. i love that you included a bit of history about the ships.

    excellent post and photos.

  41. I love all the different figue heads on the ship - you sure got to see a lot. sandie

  42. This is most interesting post, Anni! Lovely ships and tour. It reminded me of how much my husbands parents enjoyed them too. Way back during the countries bicentennial, They were thrilled to see the Tall Ship sail into Philadelphia.

  43. what a fascinating post! these are wonderful photos! thanks so much for sharing-
    I stopped by from Outdoor Wednesday

  44. Wow what great looking ships! Thanks for sharing.



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