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Amerigo Verspucci

Today it was the first day of SAIL Amsterdam 2005. I had been afraid I couldn't see this event, cause I already would have been in Denmark, but I postponed my journey, so I was able today to see the SAIL In Parade. This is the opening ceremony of this nautical event, when all the participating ships as well as a lot of small boats pass het Noordzeekanaal (North Sea Channel) from IJmuiden to Amsterdam.

The ship you can see here is the Amerigo Verspucci, which was the last ship that passed by.
It is an Italian ship, which is built in 1931 and has La Spezia as its home port. The length of the ship is 104,2m. It was really impressive to see this ship in the channel.

Along het Noordzeekanaal thousands of people were sitting and looking at the ships passing by. The first ship departed at 11.00 'o clock from the harbour of IJmuiden and the last ship arrived in Amsterdam at 18:00 'o clock.

I hope you like this picture!

Other SAIL pictures:
SAIL 2005
SAIL 2005 II

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