We like big boats..
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