Buque Museo Fragata ARA Presidente Sarmiento


Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo 980
Buenos Aires, Argentina


Translated from their website:

“In the period November 1888 – June 1889, the Corvette’s Argentina trip marked the fourth application of the cadets of the Naval Academy. That ship was commanded by Captain Martin Rivadavia, who found that Argentina had defects that made it necessary to replace it with another ship that was provided with the most modern elements of seamanship and made suitable to adequately cover the task of ship- school. was so Captain Rivadavia in 1893 rose to the Chief of the General Staff of the Navy, Rear Admiral Daniel de Solier, a project to build a training ship for the Navy Argentina.

On September 13, 1895, by decree, Captain Manuel Domecq García approved the training ship to be built.  Domecq García made an exhaustive study of the Captain’s plans and produced a lengthy report to the General Staff of the Navy, asking permission to make changes to the original project.   In Britain, the captain contacted the Laird Brothers Shipyard in Birkenhead. After numerous studies, consultations and discussions, an agreement was reached and a contract was signed.  Sea trials took place on May 19, 1898 and five days later they tested the weapons. On 30 June 1898 the national flag was hoisted on the frigate President Sarmiento. by Lt. Thorne.  The Sarmiento sailed from Liverpool on July 14, 1898, with stops in Vigo and Genoa. Navigating only by sail, it then arrived in the in the port of Buenos Aires on September 10 of that year.

The ship served as a training ship between 1899 and 1939, making 37 trips worldwide, as Peace Ambassador of Argentina, even in times of international war. In their scales was visited by personalities of the time, today historical figures such as Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and was part of the naval magazines coronations of Edward VII of England and Alfonso XIII of Spain. He also participated in the opening of the Panama Canal and the inauguration of the statue of St. Martin in Boulogne-Sur-Mer and the General Belgrano in Genoa. Additionally, it took part in the maneuvers and the Great Naval Centennial Magazine May Revolution, where she embarked on Isabel of Bourbon and the President of the Republic in the Naval Magazine Mar del Plata of the years 1902 and 1939. On 18 April 1938 the glorious ship sailed from the Port of Buenos Aires to meet the latest travel application (No. 37), ending in November of that year. In 1939 it stoped international travel but remains part of the Division of Education of the Naval Academy, where cadets perform boardings biweekly. From the 50 trips are limited to voyages by the Rio de la Plata, Parana and Uruguay. In 1956 presidential ship participates as Naval Magazine Mar del Plata, after which he travels to Uruguay fellowship, anchored in Montevideo. In those years is the flagship of the Navy Instruction. Their final destination is the activity of training ship for the training of junior staff of the School of Seamanship and professional course Cabos de Mar. The year 1961 is the last as naval unit since late December happens to become Ship Museum Amada Argentina and studied conservation and final location for safekeeping. On June 8, 1962 the Executive Power issued Decree No. 5589, declaring the frigate ARA “President Sarmiento” a National Historic Landmark. It was opened as a museum ship on May 22, 1964. Principal characteristics Length: 85.5 m. Beam: 13.32 meters. Depth: 7.55 mts. Draft range: 18 feet. Displacement: 2733 tons with full fuel. Speed: 13 knots, 6 knots economical. Crew: 31 officers, 40 cadets and 275 crew. His name was in tribute to President Domingo Faustino Sarmiento who had as young seafarers ideal tour the world.”


For forty years the Fragata ARA Presidente Sarmiento served as a training vessel for the Argentinian Navy.  Today it sits, having been transformed into a museum, anchored in the canal in Puerto Madero.  For only 2 Pesos ($.50 USD), you can gain entry to the ship and can explore many areas that in the US would be closed due to safety and accessibility reasons.  Argentina did an excellent job converting the vessel including the addition of images, displays, documents and explanations (in Spanish only) of what you are actually exploring.  Truthfully, they could charge ten times what they do and it would be worth visiting.  The ship itself is gorgeous, full of highly polished wood and brass contrasted with freshly painted black and white metal.  You certainly learn a great deal about the time it spent on sea, and just how it managed to sail across the world 37 times all while freely exploring nearly five stories of history.


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