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History of the ship

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The “Cuauhtémoc” tall ship was built in Celaya shipyards in Bilbao, Spain from July 24th, 1981, when the quill was built, until July 29th, 1982 when the ship was delivered to her first crew. This unit was acquired by the Mexican Navy in order to solve the necessity of a unit exclusively used for Captains, Officers, Cadets and crew training. This untiring ship has formed on its decks 31 classes of Officers graduated from the Heroic Naval-Military School. It has sailed 616,980 miles in 4,903 sailing days. The crew has promised to offer up to the last effort to carry the peace message from our country, Mexico; that is why the great task performed by the sail ship along her 30 years of service, is known and applauded by other navies and countries of all over the World.

The Cuauhtémoc Tall ship has participated in important regattas such as: the Columbus Race, the Cutty Sark Races and the Centenary of the modernization of the Osaka Port Race, among others, as well as the Nautical Festivals of Rouen, France; Portsmouth, England; Dundee, Scotland; Delfzijl, Netherlands; Bordeaux, France and Rostock, Germany. Some years ago, the ship obtained the second place at the Australia 98 Regatta, navigating from Sydney to Hobart. She also obtained the trophy to the best presented ship in the festival of this last port, Tasmania.

During the Races of Great Tall Ships Cutty Sark 1998 and 2000, the Cuauhtemoc won the prestigious Cutty Sark trophy, highest prize given during this event to the ship whose crew contributes the most to friendship and international understanding.

In 2002, the ship won the Boston Tea Pot, a trophy awarded by the International Sailing Training Association ISTA for the nonstop sail navigation of 1,342.7 nautical miles in 124 hours, at an average speed of 10.83 knots setting the second best record in the history of this competition; record that has improved all other ships in Europe and America, receiving the trophy in 2003 and 2013.

In 2003, during the event known as the Rouen Armada in France, and in 2007 at the port of Kotka, Finland, she received the prize for the most spectacular entrance. During the events celebrated at the Sail Rhode Island 2004, she won the second general place at the Tall Ships Challenge Race, in the category of Youth Sail Training Ships.

In the year 2008, the ship participated in the Armada’s 2008 Festival, winning the prize for the best-presented Military Ship. That same year, she won the prize for the most spectacular entrance at the Tall Ships Race and the most elegant parade; first place in rope-pulling; It also received the prize for the ship traveling the farthest to participate in Race; and the Midshipman Arturo Morales Deschy won the Torbay Cup for his outstanding individual work and personal effort during the race.


At the Funchal 500 Tall Ships Race 2008, the ship won the first place in the dragon boats competition; award given to the ship with more different-nationality crew-members; prize to the friendliest crew; and prize to the best crew during the parade.

In 2009, it sailed the Pacific Ocean for participating in the celebration of 400-years of maritime communication between Mexico and Asia in the route called “the Nao of China”, in the 40th Anniversary of the People’s Chinese Navy festivals, and in the 150th anniversary of Yakohoma City, in the instructional cruise “Japan 2009”.

In 2010, the ship participated with sister countries in the International Regatta called “Velas Sudamérica 2010” (South America Sails 2010) that started at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and ended at the port of Veracruz for the carrying out of the event “REGATA BICENTENARIO 2010”. In the first leg, a competition was done up to Mar de Plata, Argentina, in which the Cuauhtémoc obtained the first place of its category and the third general place; and in the stretch between Talcahuano and Valparaíso, Chile, the ship won the first place of its category and the second general place.

In 2011, the Knight of the Seas participated in the Cruise “Mediterranean 2011”, having female personnel as part of its crew for the first time. It is also the first time that the straits of Dardanells and Bosphorus are crossed to sail in the Black Sea.

During 2012, the ship carried out the training cruise “North Atlantic 2012”, participating in the celebrations of the Fleet Week New York, USA. The ship also won the three main prizes in the regatta “Tall Ships Races 2012”, standing out the first place for the best time for Class A ships. In 2013 it won award for the ship that sailed the greatest distance to attend to the Tall Ships Races Baltic Regatta and the spectacular entrance to Helsinki, Finland.

This time the Tall Ship Cuauhtemoc its moorings for the Training Cruise called America 2014 setting sail from Acapulco de Juarez, Mexico; navigates to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; El Callao, Peru; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Cartagena de Indias, Colombia; La Guaira; Venezuela; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Veracruz, Mexico; Balboa, Panama; Acajutla, El Salvador; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Salina Cruz, Ensenada, Mexico, San Diego, Seattle, United States of America; Vancouver, Canada; Seward, Honolulu, Long Beach, United States of America; and from there, sail to Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.


The Cuauhtémoc, where the minds and spirits of the those who sail on board are strengthen, is with no doubt, a living symbol of the sailing spirit which characterizes the personnel of the Mexican Navy, always ready to serve their homeland.