London is very lucky to have lots of different sailing ships making port calls and this weekend two fairly rare visitors are in town having sailed up the Thames through the #dlr_blog area of coverage.
First to arrive in a thunder storm was the Mexican Navy’s sail training ship the Cuauhtemoc (one of the sisters of the ARC Gloria that visited last year)
She was followed two days later by the US Coast Guard ship Eagle, arriving just after dawn.
Both of the ships were heading to West India Dock at Canary Wharf where they are open to the public over the weekend.
In an interesting bit of symmetry the USCG Eagle is home-based on the Thames river in New London, Connecticut so nice for them to be sailing on the old father Thames.
Both ships are sail training vessels and are crewed by cadets learning seamanship and leadership skills as well as acting as ambassadors on overseas visits.
On the Cuauhtemoc it was interesting to note that the sentry at the gangplank was armed with a cutlass – a nice touch on a sailing ship!
She also has two quite impressive saluting cannons on board – something that will be used later in her visit.
Both of the ships are visiting a number of European ports over the summer months and it is hoped that some of the other tall ships that are coming in to European waters this summer will also have a port call in London.
Update on 13/06/16 – ARM Cuauhtemoc has now left London on the next leg of her voyage – seen hereon departure under stormy skies.
Update on 14/06/16 – USCG Eagle has also now left London en route to Madeira.
Thanks to the crews of both vessels for allowing the public on board.