Italy’s magnificent ship-rigged Amerigo Vespucci has visited Boston again!
She is seen passing by Graves Light as she entered the harbor on July 17.
After a trans-Atlantic trip to the Americas, the 330-foot ship made its first visit to Boston since 2000. The Boston Globe covered the visit.
We saluted the Amerigo Vespucci as it entered Broad Sound, passing us as a light fog burned off the harbor.
The ship is an Italian Navy training vessel. It honors the great Italian explorer – whose Latin name, Americus Vespucius, inspired the name of the two American continents and, consequently, our country.
Vespucci (1454-1512) proved that the American continents were their own land masses, and were not, as had been believed, parts of East Asia.
Alexander von Humboldt II, a new square-rigger from Bremen, passes Graves Light. (We got this picture from Giles Parker’s Twitter account, but don’t know whom to credit.)
Fog failed to dispel the excitement of 50 tall ships visiting Boston Harbor for SailBoston 2017.
Square-riggers from around the world joined classic schooners like Canada’s Bluenose II, assembling near Graves Light to visit Boston.
The June 17-20 event was a breathtaking opportunity from our lighthouse observation point.
Even though the morning of the big sail parade began with a pea soup fog, we got the rare treat to watch the ships raise their sails as they entered Boston Harbor.
Below is a gallery of some of our pictures, and shots taken by others. We want to get these posted for the public to enjoy, and will work on captions and credits soon.