Crowds wave goodbye to Italian ship as she leaves Portsmouth

FAREWELL Amerigo Vespucci leaves Portsmouth. Picture:
FAREWELL Amerigo Vespucci leaves Portsmouth. Picture:
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SPECTATORS gathered atop the Round Tower to watch the majestic Amerigo Vespucci sail out of Portsmouth Harbour.

The Italian tall ship has 24 sails, miles of rigging, gleaming brass finery and has just completed its 10th visit to the city since the Queen’s Coronation Fleet Review in 1953.

It is the only remaining three-decked square rigger in the world and departed for France yesterday, having arrived in Portsmouth on Thursday.

Serving as a training ship for the Italian navy, the 81-year-old vessel was open to the public for free at the naval base over the weekend and drew large crowds.

The Vespucci has a regular crew of 270, plus 100 young officer cadets at the start of their naval careers.

Space is at a premium and the cadets sleep on hammocks suspended above the dining mess tables below deck.

As part of their visit crew lined up in their best ceremonial uniforms at the memorial on Southsea Common on Thursday to pay their respects to the war dead.