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Posted on Wednesday 1st August

One of the world's most spectacular tall ships will be welcoming members of the public on board for two days during a visit to Portsmouth Naval Base this month.

The Italian Amerigo Vespucci, the last surviving 3-decked square rigger, will welcome visitors on 11th-12th August.

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 54 metres high and she is 101 metres long. Vespucci is also equipped with 11 ship’s boats. She has been in continuous service apart from during World War 2.

Lt Cdr John Webb, who is helping organise the visit, said: “Amerigo Vespucci is a spectacular tall ship and will be a wonderful sight as it enters Portsmouth. The Naval Base is delighted to be able to host such an historic vessel and I’m sure she will prove a popular attraction for visitors.”

For more information, see www.historicdockyard.co.uk.

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