The world’s third-largest tall ship visits Victoria

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Plaque 10

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The vessel is a four-masted barquentine (or schooner barque)At 113 metres (371 ft) she is the third-largest tall ship in the world, and the sailing vessel that has sailed the furthest, logging more than 2,000,000 nautical miles (3,700,000 km; 2,300,000 mi) in its history as of 2013.

Juan Sebastian de Elcano was named after Spanish explorer Juan Sebastián Elcano, captain of Ferdinand Magellan’s last exploratory fleet and the first to circumnavigate of the world. The ship carries the Elcano family coat of arms, granted by Emperor Charles I following Elcano’s return in 1522 from Magellan’s global expedition. The coat of arms is a terra-aqueous globe emblazoned with the motto “Primus Circumdedisti Me”…”First to circumnavigate me”).