Italian second-biggest tall ship grounded, damaged

Tall ship SIGNORA DEL VENTO, second biggest Italian tall ship after AMERIGO VESPUCCI, broke off her moorings at Italcraft shipyard, Gaeta, Italy, drifted and grounded on city’s seaside embankment on Nov 16, sustaining heavy damages. accident was caused by a strong wind and heavy seas battering Italy’s coast on Nov 16. According to latest updates, the ship is to be refloated, or as of morning Nov 18, has been already refloated, to be repaired. She’s the pride of Italian maritime community, so let’s hope she’ll be restored in all her glory, she’s a beuty to look at even in distress.
Sailing ship SIGNORA DEL VENTO, IMO 5133589, displacement 1280, length 85 meters, 3-masts barkentine, capacity up to 180 passengers or trainees, flag Italy, built 1962, renovated 2006, exploited as a trainee and a cruise ship.

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Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.