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Capitán Miranda at Tall Ships Belfast, 2009
Name: Capitán Miranda
Ordered: January 1930
Builder: Sociedad Española de Construcción Naval, Cádiz
Laid down: 3 March 1930
Launched: 27 July 1930
Commissioned: 1930
Decommissioned: 1976
Recommissioned: 1978
Reclassified: As a training ship, 1978
Homeport: Montevideo
Motto: Mare Magnum
Status: in active service, as of 2019
General characteristics [1]
Type: Schooner
Displacement: 839 long tons (852 t)
Length: 64 m (210 ft 0 in) o/a
Beam: 8 m (26 ft 3 in)
Draught: 3.8 m (12 ft 6 in)
Propulsion: 750 hp (559 kW) diesel engine, single 4-bladed screw
Sail plan: Marconi rig, sail area 853.35 m2 (9,185.4 sq ft)
Speed: 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Capacity: 8 passengers
Complement: 67

Capitán Miranda (ROU 20) is a three-masted staysail schooner of the Uruguayan Navy. Originally acquired by the Uruguayan Navy as a survey ship in 1930, the ship remained in service until 1976 in this role. Destined for the shipbreakers, the vessel was repurposed as a training ship in 1978.

Ship history

Capitán Miranda was ordered in January 1930 from the Spanish Sociedad Española de Construcción Naval shipyard at Cádiz. The vessel was laid down on 3 March and launched on 27 July 1930. As a hydrographic vessel she displaced 552 tons, with an overall length of 54.85 m (180.0 ft), and a beam of 8 m (26 ft). Capable of 12.5 knots (23.2 km/h; 14.4 mph), the ship was armed with a 37 mm cannon and a machine gun, and had a complement of 52. She was named after Captain Francisco Prudencio Miranda (1868–1925), Uruguayan naval officer and marine geographer.[2]

Sea trials were completed on 19 November 1930, and on 21 November Capitán Miranda was delivered to the Uruguayan Navy. She served as a survey ship, charting the coasts and waters of Uruguay until 1976. She was then due to be scrapped, but instead was converted into a three-masted schooner. The conversion was completed by 20 October 1978, when she began in her new role as a training ship. Capitan Miranda has since participated in numerous international tall ship regattas.[2]



  1. ^ "Capitán Miranda : Características del buque". capitanmiranda.org.uy. 2012. Archived from the original on 7 August 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2012. (in Spanish)
  2. ^ a b "Buque Escuela Capitán Miranda". Asociación Española de Marina Civil. 15 June 2005. Retrieved 1 July 2012.[permanent dead link] (in Spanish)

External links

  • Capitan Miranda official site