270-foot Mexican tall ship docks in Dublin; opens to public
Published 17/06/2015 | 15:31
The 270-foot Mexican Naval Ship Cuauhtémoc has arrived in Dublin, where it is open to visitors for five days.
Dublin Port Company and the Mexican Embassy in Dublin welcomed one of the world’s most magnificent Tall Ships, the 1,800-tonne Cuauhtémoc, this morning.
The vessel was met by Dublin Port’s tugs Shackleton and Beaufort in a ceremonial escort, before docking at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay at 10am.
Dubliners and other visitors hoping to get a closer look will be able to visit for free while she is berthed at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay.
Opening times to the public are 10am-7pm from Wednesday, June 17 to Saturday, June 20; and from 10am to 3pm on Sunday, June 21.
Launched in 1982, the Cuauhtémoc was the last of four windjammers built by Bilbao shipyards and is named after the last Aztec emperor who was imprisoned and executed by the conquistador, Herman Cortes, in 1525.
Commanded by Captain Pedro Mata, the Cuauhtémoc is a sail training vessel which travels around the world carrying a message of friendship and goodwill.
She arrives in Dublin with 225 sailors on board - including trainees of different nationalities - who will participate in a five-day programme of engagements in the capital as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Mexico.
President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina will visit on Sunday.
This will be the ship's fourth visit to Irish waters.