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The Cuauhtemoc, arrived in San Pedro during its eight-month training cruise along the coast of South America, Central America, North America, Alaska and Hawaii.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Chief Petty Officer Francisco Casillas scrambles up the rope ladder into the rigging 168 feet in the air.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Crewmen keep watch. The ship will be open to the public for tours through Oct. 30 at Berth 46, 3011 Miner St. in San Pedro from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Sailors attend to their duties around the wheel. The vessel's home port is in Acapulco, Mexico.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Caroline Miranda of San Pedro looks into the high masts.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Chief Petty Officer Francisco Casillas scrambles up the rope ladder into the rigging.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Jose Villagomez holds his daughter Luna in one hand and his camera in the other as he takes photos aboard the Cuauhtemoc.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Sailors on the bow of the Cuauhtemoc.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Rigging and cannon converge,.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

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Port of Call | The Mexican navy Barque Cuauhtemoc arrives in San Pedro

A training vessel for the Mexican navy, the three-masted Barque Cuauhtemoc, sailed into the Port of Los Angeles and has docked in San Pedro for a four-day stay.  The historic vessel, with a crew of approximately 200 aboard, is 297 feet long, weighs 1,800 tons and has a rigging height of 168 feet. It carries 23 sails with a maximum sail area of about half an acre.

The tall ship was built in Bilbao, Spain, in 1982 and was acquired by the Mexican navy for officer and crew training. It has logged a total of 616,980 miles during 4,903 sailing days during three decades as a Mexican navy ship.

Currently it is on an eight-month cruise that has taken the crew from the coast of South America, Central America, North America to Alaska and then Hawaii from its home port of Acapulco.

It will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.  The tours are on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations or tickets are not required. Free parking is available at the outer harbor at 3011 Miner Street in San Pedro.

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