As you know, the launch of the new design of The Virginian-Pilot was done during the Sail Virginia celebration.
The sail event, running June 7 to 11, featured a fleet of more than 50 tall ships, military and character vessels from the United States, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, India, the Netherlands and Uruguay.
This morning I went to see the blessing of the Sail Virginia fleet.
Their departure caps a six-day event, Norfolk’s contribution to celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the English landing at Jamestown.
I was able to take some pictures of the Capitan Miranda, a 205-foot staysail schooner that is the sail training vessel of Uruguay’s navy.
Built in 1930 in Spain, it originally served as a hydrographic vessel.
In 1978, it was rededicated as a sail vessel for the Uruguayan navy, teaching newly graduated midshipmen to apply the knowledge acquired at the Naval Academy.
The ship is named in honor of Capt. Francisco P. Miranda (1869-1925), a Uruguayan naval officer who became his country’s navy secretary.
The ship made me think about this small but great country.
INNOVATION has great friends in Uruguay, among them Daniel Scheck, the driving-force behind El Pais of Montevideo.
More than 20 yerars ago, Ricardo Peirano, now publisher of El Observador, and Francisco Rodriguez Folle director of Research, introduced INNOVATION to him.
Daniel had a serious stroke more than two years ago and a few months after I went to Montevideo just to chat with him, his wife, Chocha, and Carola, his daughter and a former student of mine, and thank him because he was one of our first clients in Latin America, and a family friend forever.
Great memories from Uruguay thanks to this beautiful ship and happy sailors.
Well… The Capitan Miranda left after the German barque Gorch Fock, the biggest tall ship at Sail Virginia 2007.
The steel-hulled ship is 266 feet long, without the bowsprit, and 40 feet wide.
More than 11,000 young German sailors have been tested in its rigging since it was built in 1958.
It is named after a German nautical writer, Johann Kinau, who wrote sea stories under the pseudonym ”Gorch Fock.”
He died at sea aboard the cruiser Weisbaden, which was sunk during World War I at the Battle of Jutland in May 1916.
This short video shows its departure from Norfolk under the traditional Godspeed!