It’s Tall Ships® Tuesday! Meet SAGRES.
Posted by Tall Ships America on June 2, 2015
IT’S TALL SHIPS® TUESDAY AND TODAY’S FEATURED TALL SHIP IS SAGRES!
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Sagres sails under the Portuguese flag as a naval training ship. She was built in 1937 at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and is virtually a sister ship to Eagle, Mircea, Tovarishch, and Gorch Fock II. Originally named Albert Leo Schlageter, she served under American and Brazilian flags before being acquired by Portugal in 1962. At that time she replaced the first Sagres, which was built in 1896 as the Rickmer Rickmers. The original Sagres has now been restored and serves as a museum ship in Hamburg, Germany. The name Sagres is derived from the historic port that sent forth many famed Portuguese explorers and navigators and which served as the home and base for Prince Henry the Navigator (1394-1460). His court in Sagres was responsible for the geographic studies and practical explorations that made Portugal master of the seas in the early 15th century. A bust of Prince Henry serves as the figurehead on the bow of Sagres, and the ship is easily identified by the traditional Portuguese crosses of Christ (Maltese crosses) that mark the square sails on her fore- and mainmasts.
Vessel Type: Barque
Homeport: Lisbon, Portugal
Sparred length: 294’ 7.5”
Rig Height: 148’
Sail Area: 19,559 square feet
Power: 1000 HP diesel (MTU)
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