Specifications

  • Homeport: Valparaiso, Chile
  • Rig: Barque
  • Sparred Length: 371′
  • Draft: 19′ 8
  • Beam: 42′ 8
  • Hull: steel

Story

The pride of the Chilean Navy, ESMERALDA was built in Cadiz, Spain, from plans used to build Spain’s JUAN SEBASTIAN DE ELCANO. Both vessels were constructed from Camper & Nicholson design at the same yard, though some twenty-seven years apart. The only difference between these two elegant four-masters are the additional fore-and-aft sail on the SEBASTIAN’s foremast, designating her as a topsail schooner, and the slightly flatter angle of ESMERALDA’s bowsprit. ESMERALDA was completed in 1954. Her distinctive figurehead represents a giant Andes condor, the national bird of Chile.

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