Ship of the Week – ITS AMERIGO VESPUCCI A 5312

The magnificent tall ship around the world ITS AMERIGO VESPUCCI A 5312 sailed around the Maltese Coast on Tuesday 21st July, 2020. With the Motto of –  Non Chi Comincia Ma Quel Che Persevera she was launched on 22nd February, 1931 from the Royal Shipyard of Castellamare di Stabia, Naples and commissioned into the Italian […]

Passer By – Sailing Ship KRUZENSHTERN – 12.04.2020

On Sunday 12th April, 2020 the 94 year old Russian (RUS) flag and owned tall ship KRUZENSHTERN was spotted underway 28.1 nautical miles off Malta heading to Novorossiysk, Russia from Las Palmas at 2225 hrs. Built in 1926 in Bremerhaven, Germany as the cargo ship PADUA she was a four masted barque and used among other things to ship construction […]

Preserved Ships – CUTTY SARK (1869) – UK

One of the only three remaining original composite construction (wooden hull on an iron frame) clipper ships from the nineteenth century in part or whole is the clipper ship CUTTY SARK. Listed by National Historic Ships as part of the National Historic Fleet (the nautical equivalent of a Grade 1 Listed Building). She was built on the River Leven, Dumbarton, Scotland in 1869 […]

Naval News – FGS GORCH FOCK A 60 refit repair problems

The GORCH FOCK is a tall ship of the German Navy (Deutsche Marine). She is the second ship of that name and a sister ship of the Gorch Fock built in 1933. Both ships are named in honour of the German writer Johann Kinau who wrote under the pseudonym “Gorch Fock” and died in the battle of Jutland/Skagerrak in 1916. She is sometimes referred to (unofficially) as […]

Malta Naval Visits – MIRCEA – 24 to 24.07.2019

The Romanian Navy Sail Training Ship MIRCEA paid us a diplomatic visit again at Valletta from Wednesday 24th to Saturday 27th July, 2019. She is a three masted barque built in 1938 by the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany. She’s one of 6 with her sister ships are the GORCH FOCK 1 built […]

Naval News – Drugs on Navy Training Ship JADRAN – 19.04.2019

Montenegrin military police have seized around 50 kilograms of drugs on board the naval training ship JADRAN, hours before she was scheduled to take students on a training cruise, while moored in the Adriatic Port of Tivat the defence ministry and local media said on Friday. In a dawn raid prompted by a tip off, […]

Naval Movements at Valletta, Malta – Week 29 of 2018

Monday 16th July, 2018. At 0945 hrs the Algerian Navy Sail Training Ship EL MELLAH 938 entered Valletta for the first time berthing at Pinto 5 Wharf. Tuesday 17th July, 2018. At 2024 hrs the Republic of South Korean Navy Chungmugong Yi Sun-sin Class Destroyer ROKS MUMNU DAEWANG DDH 976 left Valletta. Thursday 19th July, 2018. At 0827 […]

Italian Navy Sail Training Ship ITS PALINURO A 5311 at Malta. ITS PALINURO A 5311 an Italian Navy three masted iron hull barquentine sail training ship entered Valletta, Malta on Tuesday 1st August, 2017 at 0743 hrs under the command of Commander Giuseppe Valentini during a 5 day visit of which she will be open […]