- ARM Cuauhtémoc
- ARC Gloria
- Other Cool Sights
During a busy week near the end of the Spring 2023 semester, my friend Andoni was looking for people to go with to see a ship in the Boston Harbor. The ARM Cuauhtémoc was in town as part of an instruction voyage. Its home port was Acapulco, a city of personal significance to Andoni and his family.
That was the first time I’d ever heard about training ships, which are vessels on which some navies finish educating their incoming officers. While modern navies consist of modern ships, it’s traditional for some navies to use sail ships (or tall ships) for training. They double as a beautiful way for the cadets to represent their country as they sail around the world.
It was interesting enough when I saw one in May, but then by chance I saw another one in August. I figured that was enough to write about it.
Both ships I visited were Spanish-speaking. I didn’t know any Spanish, but they were still nice to see!
A band of three: me, Andoni, and our friend Gabe biked on over from campus to Seaport to see Mexico’s ARM Cuauhtémoc.
The only one of us who knew much Spanish was Andoni. I thought Gabe would know more since he was Brazilian-Canadian, but Portuguese and Spanish are less mutually intelligible than I thought.
When we got there, a nice sailor gave us a tour and spoke to us about his work. I didn’t understand much of it, since it was in Spanish, but Andoni seemed to get a lot out of it.
During my recent visit to Cambridge in August, I was going on a walk with my friend Eryn somewhere near North Station when I saw a ship across the water with a yellow-blue-red tricolor.
We were just walking around town on a nice day. I had no idea there was going to be a real fancy ship there. But there it was, on the other side of Boston Harbor. After quickly searching the news, we discovered Colombia’s ARC Gloria was in town.
Having met its sister-ship the Cuauhtémoc a few months earlier, I thought we ought to go and see the Gloria too. It was docked next to the USS Constitution, a half hour walk away from where we were.
When we got there, a nice sailor gave us a tour in English around the ship.
I don’t see ropes all that often, so I thought the ropes on the ships were really cool. These nautical ropes are a lot stronger than ordinary ropes I encounter, seeing as they’re meant to control enormous ships.
Something I learned only when visiting the Gloria is that a lot of manpower is required to run a tall ship. The sailor giving us a tour said he’s responsible for something like one fifth of one sail of one mast. Harnessing the wind can be very labor-intensive.
Ropes on the Cuauhtémoc
Ropes on the Gloria
Other Cool Sights
We also saw a bunch of ship-related things on the walk around the Harbor to get to the Gloria.
The ARC Gloria was docked right next to the USS Constitution. After seeing the Gloria, we went to the Constitution’s museum (which had free admission, though suggested donation) and skipped the Constitution itself (which didn’t have free admission).