LONDON, England – The tall ship ARC Gloria wowed spectators on the Thames yesterday as it sailed through Tower Bridge. The 252ft long Colombian naval flagship from Cartagena was concluding its European tour which included visits to Germany, Holland, Portugal, Spain and the UK.
It is estimated that 9,000 people a day visited the ship while it was docked 3 – 6 September at London’s South Quay. Commissioned in 1968 and complete with 168ft masts, the historic ship has become a symbol of Colombian maritime prestige and is used for naval training and for diplomatic missions around the globe. During its lifetime the brigantine class sailing ship has represented Colombia in 187 ports in 74 countries and sailed more than 808,000 nautical miles, the equivalent to more than 117 trips around the world.
ProColombia, the government agency charged with the promotion of trade, investment and tourism held an exclusive event for media aboard ARC Gloria on the afternoon of the 3rd September. Guests were treated to a tour of the ship and were given the opportunity to try Colombian themed hors’d’oeuvres and to take part in rum tasting courtesy of the Colombian based drinks company La Hechicera. There was also an on-board photography exhibition with audio guides designed to showcase Colombia’s diverse culture, bio-diversity and unique history.