honor 50 years Vespucci institute postage arrives Palinuro training ship

GALLIPOLI – In the year of the celebration of its 50th anniversary, a new significant event will crown the celebration of the scholastic autonomy of the “Vespucci” High School in Gallipoli with the visit and parking of Palinuro ship of the fleet in the harbor of the beautiful city.

It was February 21, 1972, when the technical institute named after the navigator Amerigo Vespucci became autonomous, and there were several festive events in vogue in recent months by the community and school management of the Gallipoli Institute, led by Paola Apollonio, including this one from visit of the training ship, which will dock from tomorrow, and will be moored until 26 July in the port area.

The Navy’s General Staff has accepted the invitation sent by the school management so that the training ship could make a planned stop in Gallipoli in the week from 21 to 26 July, as part of the ongoing navigation and training campaign.

All this also given the fact that the current chief of Nave Palinuro, the frigate captain of the General Staff, Francesco Rima, is a former graduate student at the Vespucci Institute in 1998. The Nave Palinuro campaigns will also end in 2022 to carry out acclimatization activities on board, maritime education, professional training and cultural growth for the benefit of the students on the first course “Francesco Morosini” and for the pilots from the 2nd class normal course marshals in Mariscuola Taranto.

“We are proud to celebrate an important anniversary with this new event for an institution that is rooted in the area, but which is able to stimulate its students to overcome any boundary,” the director said. Paola Apollonio on behalf of the entire school community, “from 1972 to 2022 there are fifty full years, full of activities that have seen this institute grow and become a reference point for the Salento area and beyond. Emotions like these “finish the leader,” can only be achieved with teamwork. A ship sails safely over the sea only if there is a cooperating team. And the greatest reward at the end of any enterprise is the embrace of one’s traveling companions ”.

Already in February last year, the Technical-Nautical Institute, with another festive initiative, had also hosted Gianfranco Bacchi, 122nd commander of the second suggestive navy training ship, the Amerigo Vespucci.

The initiative, which also benefits from the period associated with the patron saint Santa Cristina, was well received by Mayor Stefano Minerva and makes use of the cooperation between Gallipoli Harbor Master’s Office and representatives of the organizing committee, of which they are part, in addition to the institute and the municipality, also Circolo della Vela, the Italian naval league and some Anmi sections of the territory.

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Meanwhile, this morning, the student delegation and school leadership have reached the Taranto military base to board the Palinuro ship and sail tomorrow towards Gallipoli Bay.

The program includes numerous initiatives that will take place on board and ashore, involving authorities, school groups, nautical associations and associations, handing out diplomas and the possibility of guided tours open to the public (tomorrow from 3pm to 5pm, Friday). from 10 to 12.30 and from 15 to 16.45; Saturday from 10 to 12.30 and from 18 to 20: Sunday from 10 to 12.30 and from 16.15 to 19.30; Monday from 10 to 12.30 and from 18 to 20 to 20 and Tuesday at the end. .

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Nave Palinuro’s properties

Palinuro is a “schooner”. The term indicates that the ship is armed with three masts, of which the front, called the formasten, is armed with square sails, while the main and mizzen masts are armed with cutting sails (mainsail, arrows and bow sails). To these masts is added the bowsprit, a fourth mast projecting almost horizontally from the front end, also armed with cutting sails (jib).

The total sailing area is about a thousand square meters divided into fifteen sails. The height of the trees above sea level is 35 meters for the formast, 34.5 meters for the large and 30 meters for the mizzen mast.

The hull is like the masts in nailed steel and is divided into three decks. Below the main deck (known as the main deck) is the living quarters of the crew and students, while above are the superstructures of the front castle and the aft block deck. On the neighborhood deck there is the aft aft rudder station, while inside there is the officers ‘and non-commissioned officers’ quarters and living rooms, kitchen and oven.

Nave Palinuro performs two main tasks: to provide the necessary support for the training of non-commissioned officers and to contribute to the projection of the navy’s image.

The first goal is achieved during the annual training campaigns when the students at the non – commissioned officer’s school in Taranto (Mariscuola Taranto) in addition to the crew on board the ship board. On this occasion, the marshal students face several weeks of navigation, for many of them this is the first boarding experience during which they undergo an intense training program in the marine sector, safety, navigation behavior and ethics.

The Navy’s advertising and image projection contributions are mainly expressed during stops in national and foreign ports, where the ship testifies to the people and local authorities about the oldest traditions of the Italian navy. The motto for Nave Palinuro is “Faventibus Ventis”: With the favor of the wind. Its home port is La Maddalena.

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