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A Brief View of STS Pallada

4 March 2012 No Comment

STS Pallada Russian Tall Ship

Closer Stern View of The Pallada

It is not every day that we get to meet a seasoned world explorer, but today we were lucky enough to chance upon the STS Pallada, a Russian sail training ship. She was such a beauty to behold, her grandeur reminded us of the old days when sailing ships like this used to rule the seas. Pallada’s arrival in Singapore wasn’t well publicized, so we were pleasantly surprised to find her docked next to Vivocity. A large group of locals took this rare opportunity to climb aboard and enjoy the view from her deck.

Pallada training frigate at Vivocity, Singapore

As we know very little about the ship, a notice board next to the ship did help by providing a good summary of the frigate’s history. Built in 1989, the Pallada is recorded in the Guinness World Records as the fastest sailing ship in the world. The ship has made numerous voyages around the world, and often participated in tall ship festivals. The painted festival logos she proudly displays is a testimony to her colourful history. Looking at the young men in sailor uniform who are busy doing their duties, it is also impossible to ignore Pallada’s role in training generations of sailors. Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported that over 12,000 cadets, midshipmen, and students from all over Russia have trained aboard the ship. What an impressive feat!

Locals queueing to get on board the Pallada, Singapore

The Pallada berths along the Promenade at Vivocity from 1 March 2012 until 5 March 2012.

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