Amerigo Vespucci by paolo1955

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Iso 400

Shutter Speed 1/320 sec

F-Stop f/11

Focal Lenght 70 mm

Lens Sigma 24-70

Camera Nikon D300


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Photo Taken in La Spezia Harbour – Italy

Amerigo Vespucci Home Port: La Spezia, Italy

HDR processed in Photomatix Pro 3.1.3 from a single RAW image, then processed using CS4 – no tripod used

Amerigo Vespucci

Amerigo Vespucci 3 mast full rigged sailing ship takes its name from the famous Italian sailor and cartographer who also lent his name to the new world. Built 1930-31, Royal Shipyard (formerly), Castellamare di Stabia. and carried out many voyages before World War II. The period of the war was the only time the ship has not been active. The elegant, three-mated full rigger serves as the training vessel of the Italian Naval Academy.The entire rig and all the sheets are traditional materials: Canvas sails and hemp ropes. The only synthetic on board is the mooring lines, which have to be an approved type for some of the ports they visit. The sheets, laid end to end, span 35 km.

Amerigo Vespucci had a sister ship, the “Christopher Columbus” (named in Italian, and I can’t do it justice). Both were built as replicas of an 18th century vessel (sorry, not sure of it’s name). This sister ship was given to Russia as war reparations immediately after WWII. The Russians (apparently) had no interest in maintaining such an impractical “warship”, and decommissioned it shortly afterwards. The Italians preserved two paintings from the other vessel, and these now hang at opposite ends of the wardroom at the stern of Amerigo Vespucci.

The crew take the vessel very seriously. They’re highly aware that (ignorant) people consider it anachronistic and silly, and have well-developed and well-reasoned explanations as to why it is not true. Other than it’s training duties, they visit other countries and take dignitaries aboard, to promote diplomatic understanding.

It’s run as a warship. Naval dress, armed sailors and so on. This only adds to the disorienting sensation when you’re on board.

It has twin steering, one manual and one hydraulically assisted. The hydraulics are used to shift the rudder with the smaller crew aboard, and are driven by a wheel about 75cm in diameter. The manual steering is used when the vessel has a full crew aboard, and are driven by four parallel wheels of about 150cm in diameter. Two men are assigned to each wheel at all times. Twelve turns of the large wheels is one degree of rudder.

Decking is tar-bonded teak, scrubbed daily and replaced every three years.

All of the winches aboard are man-powered, with reduction gearing in the capstan. The one exception is the anchor winch, which has an (optional) hydraulic assist. The main winches are the size of a birdbath (80cm diameter), with an ornate brass plate embossed with an image of the ship under sail.

Everything aboard is immaculately clean and polished. Sailors carefully carry their cigarette ash to ornate brass ashtrays in the shape of the prow of a man-o-war hung on the sides of the deckhouses

Nikon D300 Sigma 28/70

Hi buddies.I’m Paolo from Italy,love to take photographs and experiment new techniques.When I play with my camera I’m like a kid in a candy shop

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Comments

  • Paola Svensson
    Paola Svenssonabout 5 years ago

    Very beautiful capture! It´s a fantastic ship!

  • Hi Paola,Thanks my friend for your kind words and support.

    – paolo1955

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersabout 5 years ago

    The man that America is named after. I really would love to visit this place. I didn’t know it even existed until I saw your pictures. There is so much beauty in the world that most of us will nver see. I hope you will put this and all your ships in A Place To Call Home. This one is really stunning. xo

  • Hi Lori,did you like this ship?I love it so much..and guess what ? the twin of this named “Cristoforo Colombo” was stolen by U.R.S.S as compensation for war damages…….what a lsad story :-(( As you asked I added those ships in your great Group..I hope to haven’t flood it.As always is a great pleasur receive so nice comment from you.Have a great week , take care.

    – paolo1955

  • BettinaSchwarz
    BettinaSchwarzabout 5 years ago

    OH Paulo – magnificent !!

  • Ciao Bettina,I’m happy that you enjoy this photo.

    – paolo1955

  • Jens Helmstedt
    Jens Helmstedtabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful ship, nice capture!

  • Thanks for popping by ,and leaving your comments, much appreciated.

    – paolo1955

  • darkvampire
    darkvampireabout 5 years ago

    Faultless shot….really beautiful.

  • I appreciate your comment and for you taking the time to stop by.

    – paolo1955

  • Mary Kaderabek-Aleckson
    Mary Kaderabek...about 5 years ago

    Love it, amazing all the ropes for the sails, very majestic capture.

  • Thank you Mary , this is really a good feeling for me

    – paolo1955

  • cynthiab
    cynthiababout 5 years ago

    breath taken shot

  • Hi Cynthia,Thank you so much for your much appreciated comment.

    – paolo1955

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersabout 5 years ago

    This ship is special because America is named after Amerigo Vespucci. I had no idea that the Soviets had stolen one of the ships. The world is very complicated. This whole series is beautiful. I think you are going to get a lot of features. :) xo

  • Hi Lori,Thanks my friend for your kind words and support.

    – paolo1955

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersabout 5 years ago

    Oops, did you mean the USSR? I enjoyed all your ships. We have no limits on artwork. Please feel free to add all that you like. We allow 90 pages so people have to re-submit once their picture has passsed the 90 page mark. You have a long way to go. xoxo

  • Lol…yes I mean USSR but in my language it is URSS…but the result is the same.Thanks for allow us to add so many works.

    – paolo1955

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 5 years ago

    beautiful

  • Thanks for your nice comment in my photo.

    – paolo1955

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