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#OpenTallships - As one of the world’s largest tallships from the Spanish Royal Navy is visiting Dublin Port, Afloat also highlights a former sail trainee from the Iberian nation that is the centrepiece of a Scottish museum, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The five-day visit of the magnificent Spanish Navy tallship to Dublin is by the four-masted Juan Sebastián de Elcano. At 370ft long the barquentine is the world’s third largest tall ship and one of the oldest tall ships dating to 1927 and that is still sailing.

As previously reported on Afloat, the steel-hulled tallship is open to public tours only today (Wednesday 14 June) between 10.00 to 13.00 and 15.30 to 19.00. The tallship is located at Berth 18 just beyond the Tom Clarke (East-Link) Toll-Bridge.

In 1931 the Juan Sebastián de Elcano became part of the Spanish Navy and also that year the Galatea another sail trainee ship was transferred from the Spanish Officers training school to the Spanish Republican Navy.

Glenlee (the former Galatea) is a 275ft long three-masted barque that is also impressive. Equally inspiring is where she is berthed at the multi-award winning Riverside Museum, Glasgow. This striking structure was completed in 2011 to a design by the Iranian born architect, the late Zaha Hadid.

It was during a visit on board Glenlee at the museum on Pointhouse Quay, that a nugget of information sprung out from a display panel that revealed during the clipper cargoship's career trading the oceans had included calling to Cobh, Cork Harbour.

The Glenlee is the original name of the ship named after a villa along the Clyde from she was built in 1896 as a sailing bulk-carrier cargoship from the Bay Yard in Port Glasgow. She was one of 10 steel sailing ships built to a standard design for the Glasgow shipping firm of Archibald Sterling and Co. Ltd. Roll on 121 years and the tallship is the UK’s only floating Clyde-built sailing ship left. The barque is also open to the public as a permanent floating exhibit at the museum's dedicated berth along Pointhouse Quay, the site of a former shipyard.

The barque having circumnavigated the globe four times and survived (though not without incident!) fearsome storms off Cape Horn, was bought by the Spanish Navy in 1922. This saw the ship turned into a sail training vessel and in which remained in that role for several decades until 1981.

Galatea was laid up by the Spanish Navy where in Seville Harbour the largely forgotten barque was spotted by a British naval architect in the southern port in 1990. Two years later, the Clyde Maritime Trust succeeded in acquiring the ship at auction for 5 million Pesetas (£40,000) and saved her from dereliction.

After towage to Scotland, a major restoration project was carried to bring the barque back onto the Clyde and revive her original name of Glenlee. She is one of just 5 Clydebuilt sailing ships that remain afloat in the world thanks to a six year restoration project carried out by the Trust’s paid and voluntary crew.

In November 1999, the Glenlee was recognised as part of the UK’s Core Collection of historic vessels. Chosen from a list of over 1,500 ships, the Glenlee is one of only 43 vessels recognised by the National Historic Ships Committee as being of pre-eminent national significance in terms of maritime heritage, historic associations or technological innovation.

Asides the Glenlee, the surviving quartet of Clydebuilt sailing ships are listed below and to locations of the visitor attractions.

Balclutha (San Francisco)
Moshulu (Philadelphia)
Falls of Clyde (Hawaii)
Pommern (Finland)

The Riverside Museum is also home to over 3,000 objects that detail Glasgow’s rich maritime history as a powerhouse in the early to mid-20th Century. For further information click the museum’s website here.

Published in Tall Ships

boot Düsseldorf, the International Boat Show

With almost 250,000 visitors, boot Düsseldorf is the world's largest boat and water sports fair and every year in January the “meeting place" for the entire industry. Around 2,000 exhibitors present their interesting new products, attractive further developments and maritime equipment. This means that the complete market will be on site in Düsseldorf and will be inviting visitors on nine days of the fair to an exciting journey through the entire world of water sports in 17 exhibition halls covering 220,000 square meters. With a focus on boats and yachts, engines and engine technology, equipment and accessories, services, canoes, kayaks, kitesurfing, rowing, diving, surfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, SUP, fishing, maritime art, marinas, water sports facilities as well as beach resorts and charter, there is something for every water sports enthusiast.

boot Düsseldorf FAQs

boot Düsseldorf is the world's largest boat and water sports fair. Seventeen exhibition halls covering 220,000 square meters. With a focus on boats and yachts, engines and engine technology.

The Fairground Düsseldorf. This massive Dusseldorf Exhibition Centre is strategically located between the River Rhine and the airport. It's about 20 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes from the city centre.

250,000 visitors, boot Düsseldorf is the world's largest boat and water sports fair.

The 2018 show was the golden jubilee of the show, so 2021 will be the 51st show.

Every year in January. In 2021 it will be 23-31 January.

Messe Düsseldorf GmbH Messeplatz 40474 Düsseldorf Tel: +49 211 4560-01 Fax: +49 211 4560-668

The Irish marine trade has witnessed increasing numbers of Irish attendees at boot over the last few years as the 17-Hall show becomes more and more dominant in the European market and direct flights from Dublin offer the possibility of day trips to the river Rhine venue.

Boats & Yachts Engines, Engine parts Yacht Equipment Watersports Services Canoes, Kayaks, Rowing Waterski, Wakeboard, Kneeboard & Skimboard Jetski + Equipment & Services Diving, Surfing, Windsurfing, Kite Surfing & SUP Angling Maritime Art & Crafts Marinas & Watersports Infrastructure Beach Resorts Organisations, Authorities & Clubs

Over 1000 boats are on display.

©Afloat 2020

At A Glance – Boot Dusseldorf 

Organiser
Messe Düsseldorf GmbH
Messeplatz
40474 Düsseldorf
Tel: +49 211 4560-01
Fax: +49 211 4560-668
Web: https://www.boot.com/

The first boats and yachts will once again be arriving in December via the Rhine.

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