CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Lowcountry locals and visitors get the chance to tour the deck of a Colombian tall ship this week.
The "ARC Gloria" will be docked at Charleston's Union Pier Terminal on Corcord St. until Wednesday morning. Visitors can go aboard the three-mast sailing vessel and even meet the crew and learn about Colombia's naval traditions.
The exhibit was developed by the Colombian Navy.
According to a release, GLORIA is commanded by Captain Mauricio Echandia and manned by a crew of 154, including cadets who learn and practice coastal and celestial navigation, the operation of modern navigation and communications equipment, maneuvering with sails and ropes and general seamanship.
The cadets also learn to work as a team to raise the ship's 23 sails and brave the world's seas.
The ship is nearly 50 years old.
"A 48-year-old ship that's in immaculate condition," Charles Haywood, visiting from Missippi, said. "Really surprising the way the ship is built, the brass and the crew lays their line..just everything about it."
Admission to tour the tall ship is free and open to the public at designated times:
-Sunday, July 3rd: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
-Monday, July 4th: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
-Tuesday, July 5th: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
On Wednesday, July 6th at 9:00 a.m., there will be a departure ceremony, as the ship sets sail for the Port of Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada, and from there, to the Port of Antwerp in Belgium and ports in St. Petersburg, Russia; Gothenburg, Sweden; Vigo, Spain; Casablanca, Morocco; Kingston, Jamaica; and Cartagena, Colombia.