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Italy’s historic Palinuro docks at Larnaca

Historical Italian Navy Sailing Ship “Palinuro” docked at Larnaca port on Monday morning during its 3rd Chief Petty Officer training course for the cadets of the Italy’s Taranto Naval Academy.

Larnaca Mayor Andreas Viras is set to meet with the ship’s captain, Captain Giuseppe Valentini at 10:00 on Monday morning.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to visit the ship from August 28-September 1.

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The “Palinuro” is considered to be one of the most famous Italian Navy ships.

Built in 1934 and used as a training vessel since 1955, hundreds of Italian cadets have started their careers from her decks, learning the basics of seamanship and developing a strong team spirit and personal ethos to uphold the traditions of the Italian Navy.

The Palinuro’s presence on the island is also a testimony to the growing relations between Italy and Cyprus in the defence sector following the visit to Nicosia of the Italian Minister of Defence Roberta Pinotti on July 31.

Impeccably maintained in line with its original grandeur, “Palinuro” is part of an elite club of vintage ships while sailing more than 300.000 nautical miles through most major ports of the Mediterranean and Northern Europe during her many decades of service.

The technical characteristics of the ship are just as impressive: three masts over 35 meters tall; 1000 sq meters of sail plan, with 15 sails of various types (square sails, mainsails, gaff-topsail, staysails, jibs), spanning three decks.

Members of the public may visit the ship during the following times:

– 29 August: between 10 to 12 and 16 to 17.30

– 30 August: between 10 to 12 and 16 to 19

– 31 August: between 10 to 12 and 16 to 19

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