ARC Gloria at sunset in Cartagena.
|Ordered:||6 October 1966|
|Builder:||Astilleros Celaya S.A., Bilbao, Basque Country|
|Commissioned:||7 September 1968|
|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|
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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. 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).