Argentine Navy tall ship Libertad visits Guyana and Suriname
Argentina’s Navy tall ship ARA Libertad is docked some ten miles off the coast of Guyana and entertained Prime Minister Samuel Hinds and members of the diplomatic corps as a part of its round-the-world trip which concludes in December of this year.
The 329-crew navy ship was first launched in Argentina in 1956 and made it first voyage in the year 1963. It completed its first round-the-world trip in 1965.
The Libertad has a world record of being the fastest tall vessel to complete the Atlantic sail and is also the 8-time Boston Tea Pot winners. In 2004-2007 the Libertad underwent half life restoration works where it was rehabilitated to serve much longer
ARA Libertad previously spent time in the coast of Paramaribo, capital of Suriname and is currently heading for La Guaria in Venezuela. The tour of the Atlantic basin includes the Caribbean, US, Portugal, Spain, several African countries, including Cape Town next October.
From South Africa the tall ship which also has cadets from the Chilean and Uruguayan navies will cross to Brazil in November and early December Montevideo, Uruguay finally reaching Buenos Aires on December 8.
Guyana and Suriname, former British and Dutch colonies are currently members of Unasur, the Union of South American Nations.