Russian sail training and museum ship, the Shtandart, will dock in Malaga tomorrow, Saturday, where it can be viewed by the general public.
On the way to Spain, the Shtandart has travelled 2,000 nautical miles from the UK, through the Bay of Biscay, Portugal and Gibraltar.
The Shtandart is a replica of an 18th-century naval frigate and royal yacht. The original ship was built by Russian tsar Peter the Great in 1703 after his trip to Europe where he learned shipbuilding techniques.
At the time, Spain, England and the Netherlands had the best fleets on the oceans and the Shtandart aimed to combine their most outstanding features.
The modern ship was built in Saint Petersburg in 1999 by a group of enthusiasts. The project is run by volunteers, who maintain and sail the ship. For the last 15 years, the Shtandart has been sailing around Europe as a sail training ship, with a young international crew on board. Together with the professional crew, trainees take part in tall ship regattas, sailing festivals and historical filmings. In fact, last summer the Shtandart came first in Baltic Tall Ships Races.
When docked at ports, as will be the case at Malaga’s Muelle Uno on Saturday, the ship is open to the public as a museum dedicated to the traditions of the so-called Age of Sail. Visitors to the museum ship can experience the living conditions of 18th-century sailors first-hand from 9am to 6pm. Entry costs three euros for adults and is half price for children.