ARC Gloria

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Colombian Training Ship ARC "Gloria".jpg
ARC Gloria at sunset in Cartagena.
History
Colombia
Name: Gloria
Ordered: 6 October 1966
Builder: Astilleros Celaya S.A., Bilbao, Spain
Commissioned: 7 September 1968
General characteristics
Type: Barque
Displacement: 1,300 tons
Length: 64.7 metres (212 ft)
Beam: 10.6 metres (35 ft)
Draft: 6.6 metres (22 ft)
Propulsion: Diesel, 500 hp
Sail plan: 1,400 square metres (15,000 sq ft)
Speed: 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) under power
Notes: [1]

The ARC Gloria (IMO 8642555) is a three-masted barque. She is a training ship and official flagship of the Colombian Navy.[2]

The Colombian Government authorized its navy to acquire a training ship in 1966. A contract was signed with the Spanish shipyard Celaya of Bilbao in October 1966, and began to be fulfilled in April 1967. The ship was commissioned on 7 September 1968 with the vessel moored at the wharf of Deusto Channel. She is one of four similar barques built as sail training vessels for Latin American navies; her half-sisters are the Mexican Cuauhtémoc, the Venezuelan Simón Bolívar and the Ecuadoran Guayas.[3] Their design is similar to the 1930 designs of the German firm Blohm & Voss, like Gorch Fock, USCGC Eagle and the NRP Sagres.

The ship's name is a reference to the national anthem, Oh gloria inmarcesible (O Unfading Glory).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jane's Fighting Ships 1984-85
  2. ^ "ARC" stands for "Armada Nacional de la República de Colombia."
  3. ^ Schäuffelen, Otmar (2005). Chapman Great Sailing Ships of the World. Hearst Books. p. 41. ISBN 978-1-58816-384-4. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 

Armada Nacional República de Colombia