Looking back .... Cuauhtémoc
The Tall Ships Race was a another of the major events in Liverpool during it's year as capital of Culture when almost one hundred sailing ships of all sizes were in port for several days and then left on the first stage of the race on the 21st July.
Here one of the Class A ships, the Cuauhtémoc is seen passing Perch Rock Lighthouse and heading out into Liverpool Bay. The winds were quite strong and, unfortunately in the wrong direction, so the sails came down as she passed by.
Cuauhtémoc was built in Bilbao, Spain in 1981 and originally called Celaya. She was later acquired by the Mexican Navy as a training vessel for officers, cadets, petty officers and sailors. Cuauhtemoc sailed the world for thirteen years and in 1995 underwent a major refit. Cuauhtémoc has been the proud winner of the Tall Ships' Races on two occasions.
I was fortunate enough to be on a Mersey Ferry anchored in the mouth of the River Mersey so had a good view of the ships as they passed.
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