Colombian Tall Ship Coming to the Inner Harbor This Weekend

| March 13, 2024 | 0 Comments

From Sail Baltimore:

ARC GLORIA is almost in MARYLAND waters & is roughly 100 miles from Baltimore! You can expect to see the visiting ship from Colombia on the Patapsco River sometime tonight. They will be anchoring in the outer harbor for the day tomorrow before making a grant entrance Friday morning.

Visit Schedule:
Friday, March 15 | Arrival in Inner Harbor (WEST WALL) | 8 AM
Friday, March 15 | Free Deck Tours | 2-4 PM
Saturday, March 16 | Free Deck Tours | 9 AM-6 PM
Sunday, March 17 | Free Deck Tours | 9 AM-6PM
Monday, March 18 | Free Deck Tours | 9 AM-3 PM
Monday, March 18 | Departure | 5 PM

The ship’s timing up the Chesapeake & what sails are set are dependent on the wind, weather, & captain. Times are subject to change. We will continue to post updates on the ship & their movements as we have them.

From Colombia’s website:

Its story goes back to January of 1966, when the Colombian government authorized the Colombian Navy to buy a three-mast sailboat and turn it into a training ship to teach and train Colombian sailors. Though the purchase was postponed many times, it was months later that the Minister of Defense General Gabriel Rebeiz wrote the words “valid for a sailboat” on a napkin, thus approving the purchase of the ship.

The contract authorizing the building of the ARC Gloria was signed in October of that year. Building begun in April of 1967 and ended December 2, 1967, the date on which the ship first took to the water in Ria de Bilbao, Spain. Finally, on October 9, 1968, the Gloria set sail from the port in Ferrol in La Coruña, Spain, headed towards the port in Cartagena, Colombia. It arrived a month later.

In 46 years the ARC Gloria has sailed about 808,759 nautical miles, equal to going around the world 117 times, and has acted as the Colombian Embassy in 183 ports in 72 countries, including England, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Morocco, New Zealand, Argentina, and the United States.

The ARC Gloria not only represents the Colombian Navy’s principles, but also the identity that unites 47 million Colombians around a flag, an anthem, and a coat of arms.  Get to know more about this ship, a symbol of liberty and Colombia’s emblem in ports around the world.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

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