The Venezuelan Navy’s Training Ship, the AB “Simon Bolivar” (BE-11) called into port on Cozumel last Friday.  With 149 crew members on board, their arrival is part of an annual training mission designed to strengthen ties with the Mexican navy.  During their stay on the island, the crew  were kind enough to offer public tours of the boat, free of charge.   Docked at the downtown Punta Langosta pier, the ship was built in 1979 and is a frequent participant in the Tall Ship events.

She is one of four similar “barques” built as sail training vessels for other countries in Latin America; her half-sisters are the Mexican “Cuauhtémoc”, the Colombian “Gloria” and the Ecuadoran “Guayas.”

This story originally appeared in the weekly Cozumel 4 You NEWS – the island’s number one source of positive information about our island!  Be sure and subscribe to the weekly NEWS to find out all the island events!…

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