Today we have a striking visitor with the magnificent sails and rigging of the Italian Tall Ship Amerigo Vespucci. Like many tall ships she is used as a training ship sailing around the world.
The Amerigo Vespucci was built in 1930 in Naples and launched in 1931, she is a fully rigged three masted ship with overall length of 331 ft and width of 51 ft.
The ship has 26 sails and only uses traditional hemp rope in the rigging.
The crew can be as many as 450 on the ships summer cruises.
She often is involved in tall ship races and parades and has a friendly rivalry with the Gorch Fock who visited a few weeks ago.
She will be operating tours whilst she is in West India Dock on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday