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The Wharf - - News - Laura En­field

T he Peru­vian tall ship Union ar­rived in West In­dia South Dock for a six-day stay on Mon­day, mak­ing for a spec­tac­u­lar fea­ture on Ca­nary Wharf ’s hori­zon.

The 115m ves­sel will be moored at South Quay, just over the wa­ter from Ca­nary Wharf, un­til early Sun­day morn­ing and is open to the pub­lic from 10am to 4pm to­day (Thurs­day) and Satur­day.

Union’s visit to Lon­don co­in­cides with the Na­tional Day Of Peru (Fri­day) and a se­ries of events will be held to boost the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the South Amer­i­can coun­try and the UK.

Am­bas­sador of Peru in the UK Clau­dio De la Puente Ribeyro said: “The Union is an em­blem­atic and iconic ship and it has been a won­der­ful and emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence to see this ves­sel ar­riv­ing at the docks here in Ca­nary Wharf.”

He in­vited all Lon­don­ers to step on board and take a tour of the ship, which has four masts and 34 sails cov­er­ing an area of 3,400sq m when fully un­furled.

The ves­sel is used as a train­ing ship by the Peru­vian navy and most of the 243 peo­ple on board are cadets but also in­clude, cooks, bar­bers, doc­tors and laun­dry staff.

Cap­tain Franz Bit­trich Ramirez said: “This is like a lit­tle Peru. Ev­ery­thing they learn in the class­room they put into prac­tice on the ship.”

The cadets and of­fi­cers have taken time to leave their ship to visit Portsmouth Naval Base, tourists spots such as Big Ben and to play rugby at the Old Royal Naval Col­lege dur­ing their stay in Lon­don. Go to sailon­board.com for more.

The Union ar­rives in Lon­don with her crew man­ning her masts – Whar­fers can tour the ship to­day (Thurs­day) and Satur­day for free

Cadets de­scend Union’s rig­ging

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