The Tenerife capital, Santa Cruz, welcomed the Tall Ship "Cuauhtemoc" to it's port. This vessel is the flagship of the Mexican Navy.
Built in Bilbao, Spain in 1982, the "Cuauhtemoc" (pronounced Ku-a-u-tay-moc) is named after after the famous Aztec Emperor who resisted and was eventually murdered by the conquistador 'Cortes'. He is represented as the figurehead of this magnificent vessel as you can see below.
The mission of the ship is to train cadets in the art of sailing and to promote peace, friendship and understanding on it's many travels. The ship is open to the public and my friend Terry and I had a good look round. The crew were extremely friendly and well disciplined and made everyone welcome. Here below is me, Ivan having a good explore of this immaculate ship.
The next shot is of my mate Terry steering, well, looking as if he is steering because we are not actually moving! Just look how beautifully the brass and brightwear is kept.
The ship has a crew of over 200 and is famous for having much of the crew out on the yardarms in formation when entering a port.
This Tall Ship literally travels the world and is usually entered into all of the major Tall Ship Regattas held around the globe. The Cuauhtemoc very often wins the prize for best turned out ship and crew. As you can see from the photo below, the crew are a hardworking and disciplined team.
One of the reasons that Santa Cruz is popular is because there is always something of interest happening here in the capital city of Tenerife. It really is well worth visiting when you are next on the Island. Car-Hire is very reasonable and a bus leaves every quarter of an hour for Santa Cruz from Playa De Las Americas.
So as we bid this outstanding ship 'adios', we are grateful to the officers and crew who made our visit memorable.
Hasta La Proxima! (until the next time)