Towering over the quays, tall ship sails into Dublin
THE world's third largest Tall Ship sailed into Dublin at the weekend after a 23-day voyage across the Atlantic.
The Spanish Royal Navy training ship, the Juan Sebastián de Elcano, was greeted by a flotilla of tug boats and yachts from local sailing clubs before mooring in Dublin Port.
The 370-foot-long schooner has had 10 round-the-world trips.
Led by Captain Enrique Torres Piñeyro, it is the first time that the 86-year-old ship has been in Dublin since 1999. Carrying 191 crew on board, the 'Elcano' left New York over three weeks ago and chief executive of Dublin Port Company Eamonn O'Reilly is excited by the ship's visit.
"It is an honour for Dublin Port to host the world's third largest Tall Ship in full view of the city," he said.
The Spanish Ambassador to Ireland Javier Garrigues thinks that the Elcano's visit to Dublin is of major significance.
"It symbolises the strength of the bilateral relations between Ireland and Spain, two nations united throughout history by close ties," he said.
The 'Elcano' will leave Dublin at high-tide on Thursday.