A tall ship from Brazil is coming to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor next week for a six-day visit that includes two days of free public tours.
The NE Brazil, the Brazilian Navy’s 431-foot training ship, will be at the Inner Harbor’s west wall from Nov. 2 to 7. The ship will be open for public tours on Nov. 5 and 6, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The Brasil was built by the Brazilian Navy Shipyard as a project developed by the country’s Naval Engineering Department. Construction began in September 1981 and she was launched two years later, being finally commissioned on August 21, 1986.
The visit to Baltimore is part of the country’s 30th Midshipmen Training Cruise, a multi-continent tour. The training cruise has the dual purpose of providing practical training to the midshipmen as well as contributing to the professional and cultural training of future officers.
During the training cruise, the midshipmen have practical classes in navigation, meteorology, naval operations, damage control and administration, as well learning what life is like aboard a military vessel. The ship also represents Brazil overseas in order to form closer bonds with friendly nations. At the end of the cruise, the midshipmen will be promoted to Ensign and serve on a variety of ships and military organizations in Brazil.
The training cruise began on July 24 and will end on Dec. 18. Besides Baltimore, the ship is visiting: Hamburg, Germany; Salvador and Fortaleza, Brazil; Havana, Cuba; Cartagena, Colombia; Las Palmas and Barcelona, Spain; Jacksonville, Fla.; Sète and Le Havre, France; Amsterdam, Holland; London, England; Civitavecchia, Italy; Kingston, Jamaica; Monaco, Lisbon, Portugal; Saint Petersburg, Russia; and Stockholm, Sweden.
The crew consists of 30 officers and 218 other crew members. In July, the ship received 200 midshipmen from the Naval Academy and other guests from the Brazilian Army, Brazilian Air Force, the National Merchant Marines and other organizations, who travel on board the ship.
The ship carries high-tech equipment, most of which was designed and built by the Brazilian Navy and Brazilian companies. Systems include the Tactical Simulation and Training System, an instructional resource used during Naval Operations classes.
The visit was coordinated by Sail Baltimore, a nonprofit marking 40 years of bringing tall ships to the city.
Ed Gunts is a columnist writing about real estate and design for Baltimore Fishbowl.