ARM Cuauhtémoc at Vivocity, Singapore.

Visiting the ARM Cuauhtémoc – Jul 20, 2017

Read about the docking of Mexican sail training vessel ARM Cuauhtémoc at Vivocity, and immediately made plans to go have a look-see.

I’m not a big-time lover of ships. My interest in them primarily stems from playing games like Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and Civilization. That said, I do find them romantic, sort of, especially the medieval-feeling ones with huge masts and sails. Again, because of video games, such vessels invoke strong imageries of exploration and adventure in me. The reality of life at sea aside, I wouldn’t mind sailing around the world on such vessels. It would be so dreamy to visit exotic ports of spice and colours, for perhaps a year or longer.

ARM Cuauhtémoc at Vivocity, Singapore.
Lots of visitors, despite it being a Thursday afternoon. There was also a large group of Singaporean naval cadets.
Entrance gangway if ARM Cuauhtémoc.
The entrance gangway.
Steering wheel of ARM Cuauhtémoc.
What could be more nautical than this?

According to its wiki, the ARM Cuauhtémoc is a sail training vessel and an ambassador for Mexico. Since her commissioning in 1982, she has visited numerous ports, as well as participated in a variety of nautical events.

The Cuauhtémoc is also a barque, which is a type of vessel with “three or more masts having the fore- and mainmasts rigged square and only the mizzen (the aftmost mast) rigged fore-and-aft.” This is new knowledge to me. While reading the news, I thought she was a galleon. I thought all big ships with multiple decks and many masts are galleons. As you can see, knowledge gained from strategy video games can sometimes be a little … simplistic.

Events ARM Cuauhtémoc participated in.
Events the Cuauhtémoc has participated in, I presume.
ARM Cuauhtémoc at Vivocity, Singapore.
The barque is named after the last Aztec Emperor, and has three sister ships, the Gloria, the Guayas and the Simón Bolívar. All were built in 1982 at Bilbao, Spain.

In case you’re interested, Cuauhtémoc, as in the ruler, was the cousin of Moctezuma II. Moctezuma II is, of course, legendary for his revenge method and for being one of the more fearsome leaders in the Civilization games.

ARM Cuauhtémoc at Vivocity, Singapore.
These ropes are strangely mesmerising to look at.
Top deck of ARM Cuauhtémoc.
Another shot of the top deck.
Stern of ARM Cuauhtémoc.
Let’s see. The rear of a ship is the … stern. Yeah, the stern.

Mexican Dinner Thereafter

Is it a coincidence that the Cuauhtémoc was docked next to a Mexican restaurant? I think not! I thought it would be a great way to end the visit too. Here’s what I had for dinner:

Carne Asada Taco
Carne Asada Taco. With side of Mexican rice.

The ARM Cuauhtémoc is docked at Vivocity till July 23, 2017. It’s open for visits from 10 am to 6 pm. At sunset, the masts light up, and you can see a flag lowering ceremony by the crew.

ARM Cuauhtémoc After Sunset


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