Tall ship sails in to Portsmouth

VISIT The Italian training ship,  Amerigo Vespucci, enters Portsmouth harbour for a weekend visit to the Historic Dockyard. Picture: costen.co.uk
VISIT The Italian training ship, Amerigo Vespucci, enters Portsmouth harbour for a weekend visit to the Historic Dockyard. Picture: costen.co.uk

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ONE of the world’s most spectacular tall ships will be open to the public for free at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this weekend.

The Italian Naval Training Ship Amerigo Vespucci arrived in Portsmouth yesterday – stopping people in their tracks as she gracefully sailed into Portsmouth Harbour.

The impressive vessel has a crew of 278, commanded by Captain Domenico La Faia, and has been in service with the Italian Navy since 1931. She has 24 sails, the tallest of her three steel masts is 177ft high and ship is 331ft long.

She will be open to visitors at the South Railway Jetty inside Portsmouth Naval Base from 10am to 4pm. Visits to the ship are free. Access to it is through the Historic Dockyard entrance.

For more information, visit historicdockyard.co.uk or call (023) 9283 9766.