ARA Libertad (Q-2)
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|Name:||ARA Libertad (Q-2)|
|Ordered:||11 December 1953|
|Launched:||30 May 1956|
|Displacement:||3,765 metric tonnes|
103.75 metreshull 91.7 metres 
|Propulsion:||2 × Sulzer diesel engine|
|Complement:||24 officers, 187 crewmen, more than 150 cadets|
ARA Libertad (Q-2) is a tall ship which serves as a school ship in the Argentine Navy. She was built in the 1950s at the Río Santiago Shipyard near La Plata, Argentina. Her maiden voyage was in 1962, and she continues to be a school ship with yearly instruction voyages for the graduating naval cadets.
Her main characteristics are: Length (including bowsprit): 103.75m; Beam: 14.31m; Draft: 6.60m; Displacement: 3765 Tonnes; Masts: 3; Crew: 357 souls (including 150 naval cadets).
Rigging: Square rigged. Three masts (Fore, Main and Mizzen with boom) and bowsprit, with double topsails and 5 yardarms per mast, which can balance up to 45 degrees on each side. Five jibs are fixed to the bowsprit, the foremast has 5 square sails and two jibs, the mainmast has 5 square sails and 3 jibs and the mizzen has 5 square sails and a spanker. Sail area: 2.652 sq. metres; max. height of mainmast 56,2 metres.
She won the Boston Teapot Trophy in 1966, 1976, 1981, 1987, 1992 and 1998
In 1966 she established the world record for transatlantic crossing (only sail navigation) between Capr Race (Canada) and Dursey Island (Ireland), 1,741.4 nautical miles (3,225.1 km) in 6 days and 4 hours. The Commander of the ship was Commander Guillermo Franke, and the Boston Teapot was given away by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in name of Queen Elizabeth II, because she refused to do so, since the Captain's rank was not Admiral.
She participated in the celebrations of the United States Bicentennial on July 4, 1976 by sailing in parade, with many other tall ships from all over the world, on the Hudson River, in front of New York City in what was called Operation Sail. Many spectators on the shores gave their backs to the ship, as well as to the Chilean Esmeralda, because these countries were then administered by dictatorships.
In April 2007 she underwent a general overhaul which includes the addition of facilities for female cadets and crew in line with current diversity policies in the Navy and the updating of the engines and navigation technology. During the year Libertad was under overhaul, Argentine cadets sailed on the Chilean Navy school ship Esmeralda (BE-43) 
- FragataLib a6.jpg
in full sail
- ARA Libertad 1998.jpg
anchored off the coast of Tybee Island, Georgia in July 1998
- ARA Libertad 20070521.jpg
Atlantic Ocean in May 2007
- Jane's Fighting Ships 2005-2006
- Cadetes argentinos navegarán en la fragata chilena Esmeralda
- Guia de los buques de la Armada Argentina 2005-2006. Ignacio Amendolara Bourdette, ISBN 987-43-9400-5, Editor n/a. (Spanish/English text)
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