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Spectacular tall ships to visit Plymouth’s historic Sutton Harbour this August

25th May 2017

Two impressive replica tall ships will visit Plymouth’s historic Sutton Harbour together this summer.

The Nao Victoria and the Boa Esperanza will arrive into Britain’s Ocean City on August 15th as part of their Ships of Discovery 2017 Tour and stay for five days.

Boa Esperanza

Both vessels will be moored alongside Quay Road and open to the public to climb aboard and explore how 15th and 16th century seafarers lived.

The 28-metre Nao Victoria, a replica of the first ship to ever circumnavigate the world, visited Plymouth last year on her inaugural visit to the UK, and proved a real hit with visitors. This year she will be accompanied by her sister ship, the 24-metre Boa Esperanza, a replica of a Portuguese Caravel, which has never visited the city before.

Nao ship

Eduardo Almagro Blanco, General Manager of Fundacion Nao Victoria, said: “We are really excited to be coming back to Plymouth this year with the Nao Victoria and introducing the Boa Esperanza for the first time.

“Plymouth has a great maritime history, and we’re looking forward to berthing in Sutton Harbour again and welcoming people on board to find out more about the history of both ships.”

The visit is the latest in a series of tall ship stopovers at Sutton Harbour. The stunning three-masted barque Kaskelot recently completed a three-week stay, playing a starring role during the popular Plymouth Pirate Weekend.

Mark Brimacombe, Manager of The Marina at Sutton Harbour, said: “We are delighted to welcome both the Nao Victoria and the Boa Esperanza to Sutton Harbour this summer. Visiting tall ships are always a crowd pleaser and create a great atmosphere, and these two are rather special because they remind us what life was like during the Age of Discovery.
“The ships will be here during the summer holidays and there will be lots to see and do around the Harbour, so we hope they will be a great attraction and part of a fun day out.”

The Nao Victoria is a replica of the first ship to circumnavigate the world between 1519 and 1522. It was built for EXPO, the World’s Fair held in 1992 in Seville.

The original Boa Esperanza made several voyages of discovery in the 15th Century, sailing along the Spanish and Portuguese coasts and as far as the Indian Ocean. The replica was launched in 1990 to promote Portuguese tourism in the Algarve.

Boa Esperanza

Visitors will be able to board both ships from August 15 to 20 between the hours of 10am – 8pm for the duration of their stay. Tickets will cost £5 for adults, £2 for children under 11, and entry will be free for children under five.

There will also be corporate hospitality opportunities. To enquire about hosting an event on board contact Eduardo Almagro Blanco ealmagro@fundacionnaovictoria.co.uk

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