NRP Sagres visit to New Bedford

Educational Ship of the Portuguese Navy

SAGRES is a steel-built three masted barque, with square sails on the fore and main masts and gaff rigging on the mizzen mast. Her main mast rises 42 m above the deck. She carries 22 sails totaling about 2,000 m² (21,000 ft²) and can reach a top speed of 17 knots (31 km/h) under sail.

The ship has sailed under the Portuguese flag since 1962. With its celebratory figurehead of Prince Henry the navigator, SAGRES takes her name from the port town where Prince Henry founded his navigational school that sent forth the great explorers of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. Her last visit to New Bedford was in 1996.

July 9th at 6:30 p.m. | New Bedford Celebrates Tall Ship SAGRES
New Bedford Whaling Museum



The Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford and the Portuguese Navy, with the generous support of the Luso-American Foundation (FLAD), were proud to make public the following Schedule of Events: View lecture descriptions here (pdf).

Wednesday, July 8

Arrival at New Bedford State Pier | 9:30 a.m.
NRP SAGRES was escorted into New Bedford Harbor by a parade of boats, in partnership with the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society. 

Open for Visitation | 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
NRP SAGRES was open to the public, free of charge. 

Reception and 2 Lectures at the Whaling Museum with the Captain of the NRP SAGRES | 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford and The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture of UMass Dartmouth cordially invited the public to the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Wine & Cheese Reception | 3:30 p.m.

Lecture by Captain Paulo Alcobia Portugal | 4:00 p.m.
SAGRES: The Most Beautiful Ship in the World
The public was invited to join NRP SAGRES Captain Paulo Alcobia Portugal for a special reception and presentation on the history and mission of the vessel.

2nd Lecture by Professor Antonio José Telo
Portugal and the Sea: A Millenary and Original Relationship
António José Telo is a professor of history at the Military Academy in Portugal, and a prolific scholar in the field of History, Defense and International Relations. A leading voice in historical and literary research, Professor Telo has published over twenty books published, over 120 articles, in five different countries.  His latest work, titled Contemporary History of Portugal: the 25th of April to the present day was awarded the prestigious John Dos Passos Prize in 2009.  Professor Telo was the director of the National Defense Institute and is currently the Graduate Program Director of Military History at the Military Academy in Portugal.

Soccer Match | 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Team SAGRES and the Taunton Eagles Soccer Club Team played against each other in a friendly match. The match took place at 148 Shore Street in Taunton, MA and was free and open to the public.


Thursday, July 9

Ceremonial Rededication of the Prince Henry the Navigator Statue | 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Visitors joined the Prince Henry Society – New Bedford Chapter for a special ceremony at Prince Henry the Navigator Park, Pope’s Island, New Bedford.

Open for Visitation | 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
NRP SAGRES was open to the public, free of charge

Lecture at the Whaling Museum | 2:00 p.m.
Arthur Motta, New Bedford Whaling Museum
A Bridge of Whaleships: The Luso-American Story as Told by the New Bedford Whaling Museum

Lecture at the Whaling Museum  | 3:00 p.m.
Marco Fernandes, Sagres Vacations
Experiences in Portugal

 Lecture at the Whaling Museum | 4:00 p.m.
Wulf Koehler, Author
From Whale Hunting to Whale Watching: Memories of the time of whaling on Sao Miguel, Azores

Departure | 6:00 p.m.
NRP SAGRES was escorted out of New Bedford Harbor by a parade of boats.

New Bedford Celebrates Tall Ship SAGRES | 6:30 p.m.
‘Fair Winds’ Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres & entertainment at the New Bedford Whaling Museum followed the departure of the NRP SAGRES from State Pier.

Individual tickets: $50
Cash Bar 



Parking was available at the Elm Street Garage and Whale’s Tooth Parking Lot. 


Info for Boaters

Pleasure boaters and vessels of all types were encouraged to provide a warm welcome with the arrival of SAGRES in the harbor on July 8. The New Bedford Harbormaster and New Bedford Port Police and Fire Department escorted SAGRES through the port for everyone’s safety. A 100 yard safety zone around SAGRES was enforced to allow a safe transit.


Last modified: August 25, 2016

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