Tall Ship ARC Gloria
This post has been written to promote Colombia as a Nation whose people are outstandingly friendly, who have taken very significant actions to the overcome the Nations problems and a country that I am proud to identify myself with as a supporter and friend.
It is my hope that a British Tall Ship can visit the Port of Cartagena, Colombia, not in armed conflict as happened on the 9–11 February 1586, but in a show of friendship between two nations and two peoples who respect each other.
28/02/15 7:52:19 a.m.: Fena Cel: Que buena mencion de Tio Orlando en este website dedicado a los veleros de entrenamiento de las armadas:
TRAINING BARQUE “GLORIA”
GLORIA As shown during a visit to London
Rig: Barque 3
Year Built: 1968
Home Port: Cartagena, Colombia
Entered By: Colombian Navy
The history of the sailing ship ARC Gloria began in 1966, when the Colombian Government, by means of Decree Number 111, authorized the National Navy with Vice Admiral Orlando Lemaitre Torres as its Commanding Officer, to acquire a sailing vessel like a three-masted Barque to become the Training Ship of the Colombian Navy.
It is said that at that time, in many meetings at work or in social events with the military leadership, the favourite topic of Admiral Lemaitre was always the need for a Training Ship. His enthusiasm and clear ideas encouraged General Gabriel Rebaiz Pizarro, the Colombian Defence Minister at the time, to support the project by taking a napkin and writing on it, “worth one sailboat,” and signing it.
After this unusual “pact” a formal contract was signed with the Spanish Naval Construction Company of Bilbao on 6 October 1966, and began to be fulfilled in April 1967.
On 7 September 1968, with the vessel moored at the wharf of Deusto Channel, official work for the official ceremony of the National Ensign was carried out on the ship.
The ARC Gloria was commissioned as Sail Training Ship and her profile has developed over the years since she was launched. She is a significant vessel and sails regularly with the Tall Ships fleet.