Chilean Tall Ship to Visit Wellington

1 June 2012

060626-N-8157C-010 - The Chilean Navy training ship TS ESMERALDA (BE-43) pulls into Pearl Harbor for a scheduled port call before starting Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006. Photo: US Navy

Media are invited to board T.S ESMERALDA, the Chilean Navy’s Training Ship, for her entry to Queen’s Wharf on Tuesday 5 June.

Prior to her entry to Queen’s Wharf, the ESMERALDA will be at anchor behind Somes Island from 3-5 June.

The ESMERALDA is visiting Wellington as part of a journey that will take 260 days to complete, during which she will sail more than 30,000 nautical miles. ESMERALDA departed Valparaiso, Chile on 22 April 2012 and will visit ten countries before returning to Valparaiso on 6 January 2013.

While the ship is in Wellington, her company will take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the National War Memorial on Wednesday 6 June 2012.

The ESMERALDA is a steel-hulled, four-masted barquentine tall ship. She is the second tallest, and the longest sailing ship in the world.

The ship’s company has 321 permanent and 16 temporary members, of several nationalities. Royal New Zealand Navy Midshipman Samuel Mason will join the ESMERALDA's crew in Wellington, and will disembark in Brisbane.

The ESMERALDA has a long and proud history of training Chilean sailors, and is a right of passage for Chilean Navy personnel. She has visited more than 300 ports worldwide.

The ESMERALDA will be open to the public in Wellington on 7 and 8 June 2012 from 2.00pm – 5.00pm.

She will depart from Queen’s Wharf at noon on 9 June 2012.


What: Entry of Chilean Navy ship T. S. ESMERALDA into Queen’s Wharf

Where: Queen’s Wharf, Wellington

When: Media wanting to board the ESMERALDA need to board SWEET GEORGIA at Queen’s Wharf at 6.00am Tuesday 5 June 2012 (please arrive at 5.45am). The ESMERALDA will enter Queen’s Wharf at 8.30am Tuesday 5 June 2012.


Media wanting to board the ESMERALDA need to register with Katherine O’Donnell by 3.00pm Sunday 3 June 2012.


For further information please contact Katherine O’Donnell, Media Advisor – Defence Communications Group on 021 664 293


Steel hulled four masted barquentine

Laid down: 1946

Launched: May 12, 1953

Nickname: La Dama Blanca (The White Lady)

Displacement: 3673 tons

Length: 113m (371 ft)

Beam: 13.11m (43 ft)

Mast Height: 48.5m (159 ft)

Draft: 7m (23 ft)

Stanchion: 8.7m

Gunwale height: 5.3m

Maximum engine speed: 13 knots

Maximum sail speed: 17.5 knots

Armament: 4x 57mm ceremonial gun mounts

Crew: 300 sailors, 90 midshipmen

Sails: 21 total with a sail area of 2870m² (30,892 sq ft)

This page was last reviewed on 1 June 2012.