I think i can say that many people were taken by surprise by the appearance of the Amerigo Vespucci in West India Dock, however it is a pleasure to see such a large sailing ship in the dock.
It is also a pleasure to go aboard such a ship and for much of the week there is access to the general public.
The Amerigo Vespucci is unusual due to its very high deck and looks like Nelson’s HMS Victory rather than the sleek outlines of tallships such as the Gorch Fock.
The Amerigo Vespucci is the oldest ship in commission in the Italian Navy and has a long distinguished career to date including being one of the main attractions at the Spithead Review of 1953 attended by the new Queen Elizabeth II.
Her ship motto is “Non chi comincia ma quel che persevera”, which was supposed to be a saying by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Many parts of the ship deck are in wood teak for the main deck and steering compartment;
mahogany, teak and holy wood for the nautical fittings;
The ship is fitted with 11 boats: two speed-boats, two motor-boats, two fire-boats and four ship’s boats (oar- and sail- driven), employed for the training of the Cadets. Finally, astern, there is the typical “whaler” reserved for the Commanding Officer.
By a strange coincidence the Ship is not the only Amerigo Vespucci in West India Dock, at the other end of the Dock is an Italian restaurant called Amerigo Vespucci which features the ship in sail on its doors and other areas