The A.R.C. Gloria, a sailing vessel owned and operated by the Colombian Navy, has made its return to Vancouver and is currently anchored in the middle of English Bay. On Friday, May 5, it will move to the Burrard Dock next to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver.
Built in a shipyard in Bilbao, Spain with three giant masts supporting 23 sails, it has a mast height of 131 feet and a length of 212 feet. It will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.
Colombian Navy tall ship A.R.C. Gloria arrives in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Shutterstock)
The vessel last visited Vancouver 17 years ago, according to the General Consul of Colombia in Vancouver. It is manned by a crew of approximately 150 sailors, including about 70 final-year cadets.
The public will be able to board and tour the A.R.C. Gloria during select times on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. No passes are required.
A.R.C. Gloria’s visit also coincides with Sunday’s Battle of the Atlantic Memorial Parade at the Sailors’ Memorial at Waterfront Park in North Vancouver. The parade is scheduled from 10 to 11:30 am.
A.R.C. Gloria Tall Ship Tours 2017 in North Vancouver
Welcome at Burrard Dock: Friday, May 5 at 9:30 am
Free boarding and tours:
Saturday, May 6 from 9 to 12 am and 2 to 6 pm
Sunday, May 7 from 9 to 12 am and 2 to 6 pm
Monday, May 8 from 9 to 12 am
Where: Burrard Dock (15 Wallace Mews Road, North Vancouver) next to Lonsdale Quay
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