World’s biggest tall ship docks in Nagasaki

Kyodo

A Russian tall ship recognized as the world’s biggest sail ship arrived in Nagasaki on Monday during its first round-the-world voyage since its construction in 1921.

About 160 trainees and crew members of the four-masted Sedov were welcomed with a traditional dragon dance performance by local high school students at a pier in the southwestern Japanese city as it made its first port call in the nation.

The 117.5-meter-long vessel, currently owned by a university and used as a training ship, entered the port with the sails furled in line with the port’s regulation. It will leave Nagasaki on Wednesday, according to city officials.

The ship was built in Germany and launched in 1921. It was handed over to the former Soviet Union after World War II.