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Spanish School training ship in Havana harbor

The Training-Ship “Juan Sebastián de Elcano” of the Spanish navy, keeps on beautifying the waters of Havana bay. Feeling part of its crew is an opportunity kids and adults should not miss.


15 de mayo de 2016 - Elizabeth Cabrera Morejón

The  Training-Ship “Juan Sebastián de Elcano” of the Spanish navy, keeps
on beautifying the waters of Havana bay. Feeling part of its crew is an
opportunity kids and adults should not miss.
The vessel, one of the most representative, biggest and oldest ones of
this type in the world, was built in 1927 and since then it has given
ten round the world trips.
“Elcano” aims at training future naval officers; that's why it makes
every year an instructional cruise of about six months, usually far from
Spain.
Its naval officers call it a floating embassy, as its presence in
foreing ports supports the Spanish foreign policy, and permits that many
of the Spanish people living abroad set foot on this “piece of Spain
which sails”.
The vessel is a four-masted Brig-schooner, with a crossed foresail and a
wood covered deck, like the old sailboats that always navigate using the
sailsl, as long as the wind conditions allow it.
The ship, wth autonomy to spend dozens of days in the sea, is a small
floating town for up to 250 persons (men and women), providing its own
drinking water plant and a bakery toos.
“Elcano” is fully equipped with a hairdresser's, workshosps, medical
care and religious assistance. Some changes were done to it in 1956,
1978, 2001, 2005 and 2011, for the maintenance of its structure,
modernisation and  improvement of its living condition, always
respecting the original and majestic design that distinguishes it.
 


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