For the past four days South Quay in West India Dock has been the temporary home to the Brazilian Navy’s sail training ship Cisco Branco (White Swan).
She is paying her first visit to London but has been a regular visitor to European waters since she was launched in the Netherlands back in 1999.
She has been taking part in the recent Tall Ships Racing series in the Baltic (an event won by the TS Royalist) and is making various port calls as she heads back to her homeport in Rio.
As a sail training ship she is used as a floating classroom for naval cadets as well as acting as a goodwill ambassador.
She is a a sleek ship constructed from steel but with wood and brass fittings to give her the characteristic look of a sailing ship but using modern designs and materials. She is also quite a bit smaller than the BAP Union which had visited West India Dock a few weeks before.
The crew were very friendly and very happy to show visitors around their fine vessel and they had been enjoying the sights of London.