CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - If you go by the Charleston Harbor, you will notice a different ship docked at the port.
The 'Juan Sebastián de Elcano', arrived in Charleston on Wednesday morning. This is the last port visit of the XC Training Cruise and will set sail on July 17th for its home port, Cádiz.
In its 90 years of service, the tall-ship has visited the city of Charleston on 4 occasions. The first visit was in 1934 and the last time was in 1985.
The ship, under command of Captain Ignacio Paz, has a complement of 170 enlisted personnel, non-commissioned officers and officers. In addition, there are three civilians on board: a professor, a carpenter and a barber. Moreover, 61 midshipmen of the 420th naval cadre (class of 2018) and the 150th Marines cadre partake in the XC training cruise.
The purpose of the training cruise on board the "Juan Sebastián de Elcano" is to expand the Midshipmen's education. The soon-to-be naval officers develop their naval and leadership qualities at sea and on land. Naval presence in foreign ports also contributes to Spain's external actions. These port visits represent excellent opportunities for Midshipmen to develop diplomatic acumen.
Upon completion of the XC Training Cruise, the tall-ship will have visited Funchal (Portugal), Las Palmas (Spain), Río de Janeiro (Brazil), Montevideo (Uruguay), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Ushuaia (Argentina), Punta Arenas (Chile), Valparaíso (Chile), El Callao (Peru) and Charleston, before returning to Cádiz on July 17.
While the ship is in Charleston, they are opening it up for public viewing and tours.
- July 11 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- July 12, 13 and 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- July 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The ship is at the Columbus Street terminal. To get there you would take Calhoun Street toward the South Carolina Aquarium. Once you dead end at Concord Street, turn left. You will go straight at the stop sign and through Gate 18 at the port.