The newest of the world's naval cadet sail training ships, Brazil's Cisne Branco was launched by Damen Shipyard, Gorinchem, the Netherlands, on 4 August 1999. A participant in this year's OPSAIL, the 1,038-- ton (full-load displacement), white-hulled Cisne Branco (whose name means "white swan" in Portuguese) is seen here entering Hampton Roads, Virginia, on 16 June with most of her 2,195-square-meter suit of sails spread. A fully rigged ship, the Cisne Branco nonetheless requires a crew of only 8 officers and 14 enlisted personnel plus as many as 55 cadets. Capable of 17 knots when under sail, the 213-foot (hull length) ship also has a 1,060-horsepower Caterpillar auxiliary propulsion diesel and even a 4011-horsepower bow thruster for harbor maneuvering. Fitted out after launch at Amsterdam by Nista B.V, the Cisne Branco was designed after a 19th-century Dutch merchant vessel.
By A.D. Baker III, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World