La Fragata ARA LIBERTAD
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ARA Libertad (Q-2) is a tall ship which serves as a school ship in the Argentine Navy. She was built in the 1950s at the Rio Santiago shipyards near Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her maiden voyage was in 1962, and she continues to be a school ship with yearly instruction voyages for the graduating naval cadets.
She has just finished (April 2007) undergoing a general overhaul which includes the addition of facilities for female cadets and crew in line with current diversity policies in the Navy and the updating of the engines and navigation technology.
Her main characteristics are: Length (including bowsprit): 103.75m; Beam: 14.31m; Draft: 6.60m; Displacement: 3765 Tonnes; Masts: 3; Crew: 357 souls (including 150 naval cadets).
Rigging: Square rigged. Three masts (Fore, Main and Mizzen with boom) and bowsprit, with double topsails and 5 yardarms per mast, which can balance up to 45 degrees on each side. Five jibs are fixed to the bowsprit, the foremast has 5 square sails and two jibs, the mainmast has 5 square sails and 3 jibs and the mizzen has 5 square sails and a spanker. Sail area: 2.652 sq. metres; max. height of mainmast 56,2 metres.
Armament: Four 47 mm cannons, 1891 model, which were transferred from the previous School Ship ARA Presidente Sarmiento used as a salute battery.
She won the Boston Teapot Trophy in 1966, 1976, 1981, 1987, 1992 and 1998
In 1966 she established the world record for transatlantic crossing (only sail navigation) between Capr Race (Canada) and Dursey Island (Ireland), 1,741.4 nautical miles (3,225.1 km) in 6 days and 4 hours.