The tall white lady with a rather colourful past

14 09 2019

Photographs from a visit to the Chilean Navy’s tallship, B.E. Esmeralda, which made another return to our shores this week. Singapore is the 5th port of call in the training ship’s 2019/20 round the Pacific voyage that has taken her from Valparaíso to Wellington, Auckland, Sydney and Bali so far. The ship, which last made a call to Singapore in 2017, is a 113 metre, four-masted barquentine built by Astilleros de Cádiz (now part of the Navantia naval shipbuilding group). Initially built as a National training ship for the Spanish Navy, she was transferred to the Chilean Navy during her construction in 1951 before being launched in May 1953 and delivered in June 1954.

Affectionately known as “La Dama Blanca” or “The White Lady”, the ship has been linked to some of the excesses committed in the aftermath of the military coup in 1973 that was led by former Chilean strongman General Augusto Pinochet – when she was allegedly used as an interrogation centre.  The vessel, leaves for Shanghai at approximately 1700 hours today and her seven month voyage will also see her calling at Busan, Tokyo, Honolulu, Papeete before returning to Chilean waters.

More on La Esmeralda:

 



A peek below decks



Back up for the sunset ceremony



Parting glances …



 

 


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14 09 2019
Constantine Ng

This is indeed a historic ship.

14 09 2019
john ting

Nice photos Jerome!

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14 09 2019
irenehoe

Hmmmmmm! Thanks for that background! I visited the ship when it was last here. Didn’t feel any bad vibes then though the friends I was with simply couldn’t wait to get off. Now I know why!

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14 09 2019
allen chong

Nice ship.👍

On Sat, 14 Sep 2019, 10:43 The Long and Winding Road, wrote:

> Jerome Lim, The Wondering Wanderer posted: “Photographs from a visit to > the Chilean Navy’s tallship, B.E. Esmeralda, which made another return to > our shores this week. Singapore is the 5th port of call in the training > ship’s 2019/20 round the Pacific voyage that has taken her from Valparaíso > to Wel” >

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