GALLIPOLI – In the year of celebration of its 50th anniversary, a new significant event will crown the celebrations for school autonomy of the “Vespucci” high school in Gallipoli with the visit, and parking, of the Palinuro boat from the marina to the port of the beautiful city.
It was on February 21, 1972 when the technical institute named after the navigator Amerigo Vespucci became autonomous and there were several celebrations made fashionable in recent months by the community and school management of the institute. Gallipoli, led by Paola Apollonio, among them this visit of the school ship that will dock from tomorrow, and will remain at the moorings until July 26, in the port area.
In fact, the Navy General Staff has accepted the invitation sent by the school management for the school ship to make a scheduled stopover in Gallipoli the week of July 21-26, as part of the navigation and training campaign. in progress.
All this also bearing in mind that the current commander of the Ship Palinuro, the frigate captain of the General Staff, Francesco Rima, is a former graduate student of the Vespucci Institute in 1998. The campaigns of the Ship Palinuro they are also completed in 2022 to carry out acclimatization activities on board, seafaring instruction, vocational training and cultural growth in favor of first-year students “Francesco Morosini” and pilots of 2nd year normal seafood courses of Mariscuola Taranto.
“We proudly celebrate an important anniversary with this new event for an institution rooted in the territory, but able to encourage its students to transcend any boundaries,” the executive commented. Paola Apollonio on behalf of the entire school community, “from 1972 to 2022 there are fifty full years, full of activities that have seen this Institute grow and become a benchmark for the Salento area and beyond. Emotions like these “the manager concludes” can only be achieved with teamwork. A boat crosses the sea safely only if there is a collaborating team. And the biggest reward at the end of any business is the hug with fellow travelers. ”
Already last February the technical-nautical institute with another initiative of celebration had also welcomed Gianfranco Bacchi, 122nd commander of the other suggestive naval school ship, the Amerigo Vespucci.
The initiative, which also takes advantage of the time linked to the patron saint’s day of Santa Cristina, was well received by Mayor Stefano Minerva and has the collaboration of the port captain of Gallipoli and representatives of the organizing committee , of which they are part, in addition to the institute and the Municipality, also the Circolo della Vela, the Italian Naval League and some Anmi sections of the territory.
Meanwhile, this morning the student delegation and the management of the school have arrived at the military base of Taranto to board the ship Palinuro and sail, tomorrow, to the bay of Gallipoli.
The program includes numerous initiatives that will be developed on board and ashore, with the involvement of authorities, school groups, associations and nautical associations, the delivery of diplomas and the possibility of guided tours open to the public (tomorrow from 15 to 17, Friday) . from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m .; Saturdays from 10 to 12.30 and from 18 to 20: Sunday from 10 to 12.30 and from 16.15 to 19.30; Monday from 10 to 12.30 and from 18 to 12.30 and finally from 18 to 10.20).
The characteristics of Nave Palinuro
The Palinuro is a “Schooner Ship”. The term indicates that the ship is armed with three masts of which the bow, called the bow mast, is armed with square sails, while the main and medium masts are armed with cutting sails (mainsail, arrows and sails of ‘esty). To these poles is added the bowsprit, a fourth pole that protrudes almost horizontally from the front end, also armed with cutting sails (jibs).
The total area of sails is about a thousand square meters, divided into fifteen sails. The height of the trees above sea level is 35 meters for the bow mast, 34.5 meters for the main mast and 30 meters for the misaneria mast.
The hull, like the poles, is nailed steel and is divided into three decks. Below the main deck (known as the main deck) are the crew and student living rooms, while above are the superstructures of the bow castle and the stern deck. In the chamber, at the stern end, is the rudder station, while inside are the officers ‘and non-commissioned officers’ quarters and living rooms, the kitchen, and the oven.
The Palinuro Ship carries out two main tasks: to offer the necessary support for the formation of the non-commissioned officers and to contribute to the projection of the image of the Navy.
The first goal is achieved during the annual educational campaigns, when on board the ship, in addition to the crew, embark the students of the school of non-commissioned officers of Taranto (Mariscuola Taranto). This time the shellfish students face several weeks of sailing, for many of them this is the first boarding experience during which they undergo an intense training program in the maritime sector, safety, navigation behavior and military ethics.
The Navy’s promotional and image projection contribution is manifested mainly during stops at national and foreign ports, during which the ship bears witness to the population and local authorities of the oldest traditions of the Italian navy. The motto of Nave Palinuro is “Faventibus Ventis”: With the favor of the winds. Her birthplace is Maddalena.