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Nave Palinuro in Battaglia di Lepanto, 2-5 Aug 2019, Messina, Italy
Aug 02

Nave Palinuro in Battaglia di Lepanto, 2-5 Aug 2019,...

An opportunity to see up close one of the most beautiful ships of the Italian Navy.


An opportunity to see up close one of the most beautiful ships of the Italian Navy.

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Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 27, 98122 Messina ME, Italy
  • The training ship Palinuro, sailing unit of the Navy, will be in Messina on August 2, to represent the "Real" of Don Giovanni d'Austria, in the XI edition of the spectacular landing of the Commander General of the Fleet of the Holy League, concentrated in the port of Messina between July and August of 1571. 

    The Battle of Lepanto was a naval engagement that took place on 7 October 1571 when a fleet of the Holy League, led by the Spanish Empire and the Venetian Republic, inflicted a major defeat on the fleet of the Ottoman Empire in the Gulf of Patras (now Greece). 

    The Ottoman forces were sailing westward from their naval station in Lepanto (the Venetian name of ancient Naupactus Ναύπακτος, Ottoman İnebahtı) when they met the fleet of the Holy League which was sailing east from Messina, Sicily. 

    The Holy League was a coalition of European Catholic maritime states which was arranged by Pope Pius V and led by John of Austria. The league was largely financed by Philip II of Spain, and the Venetian Republic was the main contributor of ships.[

    At the request of the mayor Cateno De Luca and Enzo Caruso, coordinator of the event, co-organised by the Municipality and the Aurora association in synergy with over forty subjects including public and private bodies and cultural associations, the Navy General Staff granted the presence of the prestigious Nave Scuola to participate, as in 2012, in the Historic Naval Procession scheduled for Saturday 3 August. 

    The Palinuro schooner of the Italian Navy is a training ship for non-commissioned students, of any category and speciality, attending the normal marshal course at the non-commissioned school of Taranto. 

    Built in the shipyards of Nantes in France and launched in 1934, with the name Commandant Louis Richard, for a private company, was used for fishing and transporting cod in Terranova stalls. 

    In 1951 it was bought by Italy to accompany it to the Amerigo Vespucci in the role of a training ship, replacing the Cristoforo Colombo, ceded to the Soviet Union for war damage repairs. 

    After the purchase, it was started to the transformation works to be used as a school ship and the interventions were completed at the shipyard of Castellammare di Stabia and at the La Spezia Arsenal, entered service in the Italian Navy on 16 July 1955. 

    It was renamed Palinuro in honor of the mythical helmsman of Enea in the Aeneid of Virgil with the motto "Faventibus ventis" (with the favour of the winds).

    During its activity, from 1955 to the present, the Palinuro touched most of the Mediterranean and northern European ports. 

    She also took part in the most prestigious rallies of vintage boats and ships and in the so-called "Tall Ships" regattas, including "Cutty Sark", "Amsterdam Sail" and the meeting of the Vintage Sails of Imperia.

  • Category
    Meetings (Conferences / Forums / Shows / Fairs / Festivals)
  • Date & Time
    Aug 02 2019 at 10:00 - Aug 05 2019 at 16:00
  • Location & full address
    Messina port, Italy
  • Event Admins
    Nave Palinuro