All Aboard the World’s 3rd Largest Tall Ship

The Juan Sebastián De Elcano Pic: Dublin Port Company

The Juan Sebastián De Elcano
Pic: Dublin Port Company

Get down to Alexandra Basin today to catch the world’s third-largest Tall Ship before she sets sail once again.

The Juan Sebastián De Elcano has been in Dublin since Saturday as part of the second Dublin Port Riverfest. Her first visit since 1999, visitors will be able to board and inspect the Spanish vessel today from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 15.30 to 19.00.

Captained by Enrique Torres Piñeyro, the Elcano’s main purpose is to train Officers of the Spanish Navy for long stretches at sea, but her Dublin visit is aimed at promoting Spanish-Irish intercultural exchange.

Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company, said: “Dublin Port Company is delighted to welcome the Juan Sebastián de Elcano and her crew to Dublin Port. As a PORT CITY, it’s an honour for Dublin Port to host the world’s third-largest Tall Ship in full view of the city, where she is certain to receive a very warm welcome. I would strongly encourage Dubliners and visitors to the city to take this unique opportunity to visit this spectacular naval ship, and share in Spain’s maritime history and culture over the coming days.”

From Dublin, the Elcano will be travelling on to Hamburg, Germany and Fredrikstad, Norway before she finally raises anchor to head for home.

For more information you can follow the Spanish Embassy (@EmbEspDublin) on Twitter.

By Aimée Mac Leod