Cisne Branco

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Cisne Branco
Cisne Branco
Career (Brazil) Brazilian Navy Jack
Name: Cisne Branco
Operator: Brazilian Navy
Laid down: 1998
Launched: August 4, 1999
Nickname: Cisne Branco (White Swan)
Fate: training ship
General characteristics
Length: 74 m (249 ft)
Beam: 10 m (34 ft)
Height: 46 m (152 ft)
Draft: 4 m (15 ft)
Sail plan: 15 sails
Speed: max 11 knots engine, 17.5 knots sail
Crew: 72

Cisne Branco is a tall ship ship of the Brazilian Navy hailing out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, though she travels worldwide.

Cisne Branco ("White Swan") is a full-rigged ship built in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Damen Shipyard. Her keel was laid on 9 November 1998, launched and christened on 4 August 1999, delivered to Brazilian Navy on 4 February 2000, and commissioned as a Brazilian naval vessel on March 9, 2000.

Cisne Branco is the third Brazilian Navy sail-training yacht to carry this famous name. The first Cisne Branco was the classic 15-Metre wooden yacht Tritonia (79 ft), which was designed by the legendary naval architect Alfred Mylne, and built by Alexander Robertson and Sons Ltd (Yachtbuilders) in 1910. The yacht arrived in Brazil in 1978, and after extensive repairs undertook an extended 8 month voyage across the Atlantic. The second Cisne Branco (83 ft), which had an aluminium hull, was used by the navy between 1980 and 1986 after which it was passed on to a naval college.

Cisne Branco made her maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to Brazil, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Brazil by the Portuguese Admiral Pedro Álvares Cabral. The ship's project is inspired by the design of the 19th century clippers. Cisne Branco is normally used in national and international representation activities to showcase the Brazilian Navy and Brazilian culture. As well, she is used as an instructional sailing ship by the cadets of the Brazilian Naval Academy, Academy of Merchant Marine, and other naval schools.

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