Just as the last sails disappear over the horizon from over fifty Tall Ships leaving Sail Boston’s successful maritime festival last month, Sail Boston, Inc. welcomes the Italian Navy’s Tall Ship Amerigo Vespucci back to Boston Harbor, on Tuesday, July 18th. The beautiful full-rigged, three hundred-thirty foot ship is an official training ship of the Italian Navy. She was last in Boston Harbor during Sail Boston in 2000.
The Amerigo Vespucci will sail into the harbor, Tuesday morning, July 18th and dock at the World Trade Center Pier in Boston’s Seaport District. The ship will be open for free public tours during her stay from Friday, July 18th through Saturday, July 22nd. See below for full schedule.
Part of Sail Boston’s Visiting Ships program, the Amerigo Vespucci will be followed by the Colombian Navy’s Tall Ship Gloria on Friday, July 28, docking at the Fan Pier in the Seaport District.
Background: As a proud symbol of Italy’s maritime heritage and tradition, the Amerigo Vespucci has been used to train junior officers of the Italian Navy since being launched in 1931. Carrying a crew of 270, the Amerigo Vespucci is easily distinguishable by her two white stripes on her black hull. Boston is the seventh port that the Amerigo Vespucci will be visiting as a part of her 6-month transatlantic journey that began in her homeport of La Spezia in April. From here, the Amerigo Vespucci will travel to New York and then four more ports before returning back home.
Public Access: The Amerigo Vespucci will be open to the public in Boston at the World Trade Center Pier in Boston’s Seaport District.
Public viewing hours are:
July 18th: 4:30 PM- 6:30 PM
July 19th: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
July 20th: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
July 21st: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Times are subject to change at the Captain’s discretion.
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