Russian sailing ship Pallada to call on Canada’s Victoria Harbor

The Russian sailing ship Pallada continues its international trans-Pacific expedition by calling on Canada’s Victoria Harbor from August 5 to 7, a spokesperson for the Far Eastern State Technical Fishing University, the ship’s owner, said.

The ship carrying cadets from the Primorye and Kamchatka territories, sailed from Vladivostok on July 1. The Pallada is to call at ports in the United States, Canada and Japan. Earlier, the tall ship visited the Alaskan ports of Kodiak and Sitka. The journey from Sitka to Victoria, BC totals 650 miles, which means the ship has covered 4,410 miles since the start of the expedition.

While in Victoria, the Pallada will be open to visitors: the cadets will act as ship guides, and visitors will be able to see an exhibition featuring the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s space flight and the 270th anniversary of the discovery of Russian America by Russian seafarers. 

After visiting the Canadian port, the expedition will head towards the U.S. port of Seattle.  

In its 22-year history, the Pallada has sailed for 13 years, called at 101 ports in 35 countries and trained 12,000 cadets, midshipmen and students from all over Russia. Guinness World Records lists the Pallada as the fastest sailing ship in the world. It can reach speeds in excess of 18 knots.

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