January 25, 2011

Royal Spanish Ship Elcano Anchors in Istanbul

A Spanish naval training ship named for a 15th-century captain that completed the first circumnavigation of the world has re-anchored in Istanbul after sailing other seas for the past 60 years.

The Juan Sebastian de Elcano, or simply Elcano, an eight-time winner of the Boston Tea Pot Trophy – an international sea training competition – will be in Karaköy port until Wednesday.

The ambassador, whose father and grandfathers were also commanders on the ship, said the Elcano had always held a special place for Spain because the royal family also trained on it.

“This [white] ship, with such a sentimental history, is a symbol of Spain. The Elcano is always sent off with beautiful ceremonies including the presence of an orchestra. As it is among four midshipmen training ships in the world, it also [uniquely] differentiates itself from other ships,” he told the Daily News.

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