Amerigo Vespucci

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Featured in RB Explore Photography Page

Views 7836 at March – 22 – 2017

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22 Features

Iso 400

Shutter Speed 1/320 sec

F-Stop f/11

Focal Lenght 70 mm

Lens Sigma 24-70

Camera Nikon D300

Featured in Harbour Life Group March – 22 – 2017

Featured in Absolute Clarity Group January – 06 – 2014

Featured in A Love of Boats Group May – 19 – 2013

Challenge Winner in A Love of Boats Group – Champions All Challenge March – 20 – 2013

Challenge Winner in A Love of Boats Group – Winners Challenge February – 27 – 2013

Featured in CHALLENGE WINNERS VAULT Group February – 10 – 2013

Challenge Winner in A Love of Boats Group – For The Fully Rigged Only Challenge February – 04 – 2013

Featured in Travel and Adventure Group September – 09 – 2012

Challenge Winner in Travel and Adventure Group – Tall Ships Challenge Agoust – 27 – 2012

Challenge Winner in 1 Favorites Group – Stellar Tall Ships Challenge Agoust – 11 – 2012


Featured in A Love of Boats Group February – 13 – 2012

Got the 5C Awards in DeeZ 5Cs Awards Showcase Group January – 24 – 2012

Challenge Winner in Featured For A Challenge Group – Boats and Ships in the Spotlight. One Challenge November – 16 – 2011

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Placed 2nd in Beach, River and Lake Treasures – May 2010 Features Challenge June – 12 – 2010

Featured in Preserving History Group June – 02 – 2010

Featured in #1 Artists of RedBubble Group May – 26 – 2010

Featured in Beach, River and Lake Treasures Group May – 14 – 2010

Featured in Around The World Group April – 09 – 2010

Featured in I Love Italy Group October – 09 – 2009

Challenge Winner in You’re Accepted Group – Ships/Ocean Liners Challenge October – 06 – 2009

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Featured in Image Writing Group September – 12 – 2009

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

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