Australian Tall Ships Welcome Chilean Navy to Sydney

August 1, 2019 – Four Australian tall ships, including the Royal Australian Navy operated STS Young Endeavour, have welcomed Chilean Navy Buque Escuela Esmeralda to Sydney today.

STS Young Endeavour, James Craig, Soren Larsen and MV Martindale, accompanied by HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Diamantina met the 113-metre long four-masted barquentine outside Sydney Heads and escorted her into the harbour.

As she passed Garden Island, Esmeralda fired a 21-gun salute and the Royal Australian Navy responded with a 3-inch saluting gun, a mark of respect between the two navies.

The Royal Australian Navy welcome Chilean Navy tall ship Buque Escuela Esmeralda to Sydney on 1 August 2019. Guided missile frigate HMAS Melbourne and STS Young Endeavour met Esmeralda outside Sydney Heads and led her into harbour. 3 other tall ships based in Sydney joined the activity, along with a Port Authority NSW fire tug. As Esmeralda approached Garden Island, it fired a 21-gun salute. The Royal Australian Navy responded with a 3-pound saluting gun firing blank rounds. The four-masted barquentine, with a crew of 278 Chilean Navy personnel, is visiting Sydney as part of her 64th training cruise.

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead AM, said he was pleased to welcome the Chilean Navy back to Australia.

“The Navies of Australia and Chile share a common interest in promoting maritime stability and security in the Pacific,” Rear Admiral Mead said.

“This engagement with our Chilean counterparts is a beneficial opportunity to build on shared traditional maritime skills.”

STS Young Endeavour’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Andrew Callander said seeing the four-masted barquentine again was a thrill.

“This is the first time Young Endeavour and Esmeralda have crossed paths since we rendezvoused in the Atlantic Ocean during our world voyage in 2015,” Lieutenant Commander Callander said.

STS Young Endeavour leads Chilean Navy tall ship, Buque Escuela Esmeralda through Sydney before berthing at Fleet Base East, Sydney.

“Young Endeavour was very pleased to be part of the fleet to welcome her to Sydney.”

While Esmeralda trains Chilean Naval personnel, Young Endeavour is one of a very few military tall ships that deliver a structured youth program to civilian youth.

Esmeralda is visiting Sydney as part of her 64th Instructional Cruise. The four-masted barquentine, with a crew of 278 Chilean Navy personnel, will remain in the harbour city until 5 August 2019.