Between July 11 and 17, the school ship ‘Juan Sebastián de Elcano’ made a stopover in Charleston (South Carolina, USA), which was the sixth visit to this port in its 90 years of service, being the previous one in 1985 33 years ago.
Charleston has been the tenth visited port and the eighth in the Americas. The United States has become the seventh country visited in this XC instructional cruise.
On the morning of the 16th, the festivity of the Virgin of Carmen, patron saint of the Navy, was celebrated on board, with an act of imposing decorations and a Flag Jura for civilian personnel.
Regarding the port program, the midshipmen had the opportunity to visit the US Cost Guard base (USCG) and the US Marines Corp (USMC) base on Parris Island, which included a visit to the area. ruins of the Fort of Sta Elena, first Spanish settlement in South Carolina, and St Helen Museum. They also made, in the typical horse carriages, a cultural visit to the city center and attended, in the Chamber of GGMM, a conference of the Consul General of Miami with the title “Spanish Presence in Florida.”
On the morning of Tuesday 17th the ‘Elcano’ went back to sea, ending its stopover in Charleston and beginning its transit back to Spain. The school ship has its scheduled arrival at the port of Cádiz on August 11th.