London is fortunate enough to get a wide variety of visiting sailing ships of various shapes and sizes but towards the end of July 2017 a very special visitor arrived on the River Thames in London.
The Peruvian Navy’s new tall ship the BAP Union was making a six day visit to London at the start of it’s maiden visit to Europe having being commissioned as recently as January 2016.
The BAP Union also holds the accolade of being the largest tall ship to visit London and also the second largest currently operational sail training ship (there are other, larger, sail powered vessels but these are cruise ships).
The BBC were filming whilst I was on board and as part of this two crew members climbed the mast.
During her stay in London she has been open to the public as not only does the ship act as a classroom for the trainee sailors but also as a floating embassador for Peru.
After leaving London the vessel will visit a number of other European countries on what will be a 6 month voyage of training and discovery for the crew.
Clicking on this link will show you a video taken on board the BAP Union.
Some more pictures can be seen here.
A big thank you to all the crew for hosting the visits and for sharing their enthusiasm for their fine ship and for their visit to London.
Postscript: I’m not sure if High Heels and Top Hats are a part of the crew’s normal attire but a nice bit of detail to be seen on the doors to the smallest rooms on the ship!!