The Italian Navy sail training ship NMM Amerigo Vespucci (A 5312) has sailed into Valletta Port (Grand Harbour) this morning on a four-day courtesy visit.
Amerigo Vespucci was built at the (formerly Royal) Naval Shipyard of Castellammare di Stabia (Naples); she was launched on February 22, 1931, and was put into service in July of that year. The ship is a full rigged three-masted steel hull 82.4m long, with an overall length of 101m including the bowsprit and a maximum width of 15.5m. She has a draught of about 7m and a displacement at full load of 4146 tons. The three steel masts are 50, 54, and 43 metres high and carry sails totalling 2824 m².
Amerigo Vespucci is currently port-side alongside at Pinto-4/5 Wharf and she'll be open to the public today between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and tomorrow between 10 a.m. and Noon and 3 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. She's scheduled to sail from Malta this Wednesday, July 13th, at 1430LT.