The well-known sailing ship of the Italian Navy called Amerigo Vespucci, launched in 1931 as a training ship for the training of officer cadets, in 1962 encountered the US aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62) in the Mediterranean Sea – one of the three Forrestal Class aircraft carriers that they gave a turning point to the design of warships.
The meeting, immortalized in a shot that has become famous, was at the time (and still is today) a source of great pride for MMI and for the whole of Italy.
When the two vessels met, the USS Independence sent out a beacon and asked the vessel to identify itself.
The Amerigo Vespucci revealed its identity and, in response, the message came from the port: “You are the most beautiful ship in the world!”.
Respect for the “most beautiful ship in the world” is not shown solely through words.
According to the navigation code, transatlantic liners must always be given priority by smaller vessels…
… but the USS International (and like many other ships) decided to turn off the engines and give way to the Italian sailing ship, as a sign of respect and appreciation for the engineering and technical excellence at its foundation.
Among the historical mottos of Amerigo Vespucci, we remember: “For the Fatherland and for the King” (1931) – “Steady in the fury of winds and events” (1946) – “Not those who begin, but those who persevere” (1978) .
Below you will find a video in which the Navy presents, in all its beauty, the Amerigo Vespucci sailing ship