One of Argentina's most famous sailing ships, the corvette Uruguay, was the centre of celebrations in Buenos Aires on Sunday (8 December) -- the one-hundredth anniversary of its launching.
GV Corvertte entering harbour
Ground to air helicopter ZOOM OUT TO Harbour and newsmen look on (2 shots)
GV Corvette flanked by tugs (2 shots)
SV PAN Admiral Massera arriving and taking salute
MV Band playing
CV Corvette into harbour (3 shots)
SV Guard of cadets
SV Flags on Corvette ZOOM OUT TO GV
SV&GV Corvette docking while cadets look on (3 shots)
SV&GV Nordenskjold on board (2 shots)
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Background: One of Argentina's most famous sailing ships, the corvette Uruguay, was the centre of celebrations in Buenos Aires on Sunday (8 December) -- the one-hundredth anniversary of its launching.
The Uruguay made naval history in 1903, when ordered into the Antarctic to rescue members of a Swedish-Norwegian expedition that had been stranded after spending two years in the polar wastes. The ship battled through fierce storms to reach the stranded men, and brought them back to a tumultuous welcome in Buenos Aires.
So it was appropriate, during Sunday's ceremonies in the capital, that Gustaf Nordenskjold, son of Otto Nordenskjold who headed the polar expedition, should be among the navy and government VIPs paying tribute to a courageous ship.
SYNOPSIS: One of the most famous sailing ships ever built in Argentina, the corvette Uruguay, entered harbour in Buenos Aires on Sunday -- exactly one-hundred years after she was originally launched. She's ship with a courageous record of sailing in antarctic waters. And she received a heroic reception form other ships in the harbour.
The Argentine Navy's Commander in Chief, Admiral Emilio Massera, led the official presence at the dockside. The corvette Uruguay secured her place in Argentine naval history nearly thirty years after being launched when in 1903, she was ordered to try and rescue members of a scandinavian expedition stranded in the Antarctic. A supply ship has already sunk while trying to pick up the expedition, which had been stranded after spending two years in the polar wastes.
The corvette battled through huge storms to reach the stranded Swedes and Norwegians from the expedition and from the wrecked supply ship. When she returned safely to Buenos Aires, one-hundred-thousand people turned out to provide a tumultuous reception.
The corvette Uruguay continued in service in antarctic waters until 1922, when she was finally retired.
Among those on board on Sunday was Gustaf Nordenskjold, son of the Swedish explorer Otto Nordenskjold who led the expedition rescued by the Uruguay. The explorer's daughter was also present for the celebrations.