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JAM | Mar 27, 2024

Peruvian training navy ship BAP Union docks in Jamaica

Shemar-Leslie Louisy

Shemar-Leslie Louisy / Our Today

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BAP Unión, a training ship of the Peruvian Navy, which will be in Jamaica between March 25 and 29. (Photo: Mauricio González for Wikimedia Commons)

The Peruvian tall ship, BAP Union, anchored itself at Kingston Harbour on Tuesday (March 26), to begin its three-day stay in Jamaica.

Until March 28, the ship will be open to the public, free of cost.

The visit of BAP Union, a Class A vessel and the first sail training ship of the Peruvian Navy, marks a momentous occasion for maritime enthusiasts and cultural aficionados alike.

Built in 2015 and proudly flying the flag of Peru, the BAP Union boasts an impressive specification. Standing at a towering height of 46.26 meters and measuring 99.06 meters in length, it is a majestic sight to behold.

Its home port of Callao serves as a testament to its Peruvian heritage, symbolising the ship’s role as a sailing ambassador for the nation.

With a crew complement of 167 permanent members and accommodation for 90 trainees, the BAP Union serves a dual purpose as both a training vessel for officers and naval cadets and a floating symbol of Peruvian pride on its global voyages. Its inaugural voyage in 2015 marked the culmination of a three-year building project in Spain, showcasing the dedication and craftsmanship that went into its construction.

In 2017, the BAP Union made its debut on the international stage, participating in the prestigious Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta. This event, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, provided the perfect platform for the ship to showcase its seafaring prowess and cultural significance.

Upon its arrival in Jamaica, the BAP Union will offer visitors a rare opportunity to explore its decks and learn about its storied past. Open to the public free of charge, this immersive experience promises to captivate audiences of all ages, fostering a deeper appreciation for maritime history and cultural exchange.

Following its visit to Jamaica, the BAP Union will continue its journey, leaving a lasting impression on all those who had the privilege of witnessing its grandeur. As it sets sail once more, it carries with it the spirit of adventure and the enduring legacy of Peruvian maritime heritage.

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