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Mir across river Suir; patrol boats in foreground
Eendracht across river Suir
Europa, Pogoria, Eendracht, Sorlandet

Christian Radich
Mir across river Suir; patrol boats in foreground
Gloria and Mir across river Suir; survey vessel and patrol boats in foreground

Something about the ships in these photos.  The Russian Mir is a three masted Fully Rigged Ship of 110 metres.  Operated by the Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy of St. Petersburg she is a waterborne school to hundreds of cadets.


The Netherlands Eendracht is a gaff rigged schooner of 55.3 metres homeported in Rotterdam owned and operated by the Dutch Foundation and National Society 'Het Zeiland Zeeschip'.  She offers active sailing experience to both adults and young people.  She was commissioned by H.M. Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands in August 1989.


The Netherlands Europa 54.6 metres is a three masted Barque homeported in The Hague and is operated by Rederij Bark Europa.


The Polish Pogoria is a three masted Barquentine. Originally built for the Iron Shackle Fraternity she is now owned and operated by The Sail Training Association of Poland and is 49.52 metres.


The Sorlandet is one of the best known ships of Norway, 56.7 metres she is operated by Stiltelsen Fullriggen Sorlandet and homeported in Kristiansand.  She is chartred and open for cruises by people of all ages and nationalities.  She took some young Irish people as crew on her departure from Waterford.


The Christian Radich is another well known ship from Norway.  A three masted Fully rigged Ship of 73 metres operated by Stiltelsen Skoleskipet Christian Radich.  In winter she is a Royal Norwegian Navy training ship, in summer offers a wide variety of cruises and Tall Ship Races.


The ARC Gloria is famous for her bandera grande which takes six marineros to hoist and lower. A 65.61 metres three masted Barque she is the training ship of the Armada Republica de Columbia Fuerza Nabal Del Caribe.  This vessel is well known to those of us who live and sail in the Caribbean Basin and she is the pride of Columbia.


This is just a selection of the ships at the WTSF and just as important to sail training are all the many smaller vessels which give young people the opportunity to live, work and sail together under sail as distinct from power-driven vessels.


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