2017-12-06 / Front Page

On The Road In Italy: Amerigo Vespucci Ship In Venice

By Catherine Tsounis

The Ship Amerigo Vespucci.The Ship Amerigo Vespucci.“Veinice is the place everyone wants to be”, is the theme I heard in my four day stay.
            Amerigo Vespucci ship excited the imagination of Venitians and tourists. “Look at the Ship Amerigo Vespucci that is here with us,” Venitians would point out in the sea. It was moored along Riva San Biasio from October 14 to October 20 2017.
            “The ship, named after the Italian explorer and navigator, is the training ship of the Italian navy and it is considered one of the most beautiful ships still in service. In 1962 the US aircraft carrier USS Independence was sailing in the Mediterranean sea when saw the Vespucci and through light signals asked “Who are you?” . The captain of the Vespucci promptly replied “Amerigo Vespucci, training ship of the Italian Navy” and the USS Independece replied “You are the most beautiful ship in the world”.
Nowadays the ship with its 26 sails can host a large number of people. In particular during the training season it hosts: 16 officers, 70 non-commissioned officers and 190 sailors. In summer, when she embarks the midshipmen of the Naval Academy, the crew’s members are 450.”1
“The Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian ship that was officially launched on the 22nd of February 1931 is now sailing in the Mediterranean sea and will be soon crossing the Atlantinc ocean to achieve the coasts of North America by the summer.
The ship, named after the Italian explorer and navigator, is the training ship of the Italian navy and it is considered one of the most beautiful ships still in service. In 1962 the US aircraft carrier USS Independence was sailing in the Mediterranean sea when saw the Vespucci and through light signals asked “Who are you?” . The captain of the Vespucci promptly replied “Amerigo Vespucci, training ship of the Italian Navy” and the USS Independece replied “You are the most beautiful ship in the world”.
Nowadays the ship with its 26 sails can host a large number of people. In particular during the training season it hosts: 16 officers, 70 non-commissioned officers and 190 sailors. In summer, when she embarks the midshipmen of the Naval Academy, the crew’s members are 450”.2
“In 1507, some scholars at Saint-Dié-des-Vosges in northern France were working on a geography book called Cosmographiæ Introductio, which contained large cut-out maps that the reader could use to create his or her own globes. German cartographer Martin Waldseemüler, one of the book's authors, proposed that the newly discovered Brazilian portion of the New World be labeled America, the feminine version of the name Amerigo, after Amerigo Vespucci. The gesture was his means of honoring the person who discovered it, and indeed granted Vespucci the legacy of being America's namesake.
Decades later, in 1538, the mapmaker Mercator, working off the maps created at St-Dié, chose to mark the name America on both the northern and the southern parts of the continent, instead of just the southern portion. While the definition of America expanded to include more territory, Vespucci seemed to gain credit for areas that most would agree were actually first discovered by Christopher Columbus”3 Watching the ship from a Venetian vaporetto was memorable.3

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