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Patagonia settlers remembered; NEWS IN BRIEF.

A WREATH will be laid in memory of the first Welsh settlers who set sail for Patagonia around 150 years ago as part of a historic visit to Britain by the Argentine Navy frigate, ARA Libertad.

The vessel, one of the largest and fastest tall ships in the world, arrived in Liverpool on Saturday. It was open to the public yesterday before a wreath is placed at the city's Mimosa Memorial, in the presence of the Argentine ambassador to the UK, R. Carlos Sersale di Cerisano today . It is 14 years since the Argentine Navy training ship has been in Britain. Now on its 45th midshipman training voyage, its arrival marks the half-way point on its voyage, a journey spanning 133 days at sea and 63 days at ports in 10 different countries.

"In its role as 'Ambassador of the seas' it carries a message of peace, friendship and the will to build bridges with the world in the year of the Bicentenary of the Argentine Declaration of Independence," the Argentine Embassy said.

The crew of 27 officers, 192 non-commissioned officers and 132 training officers 20% of whom are women are on their final year of midshipman training.

After the wreath is laid, Royal Navy officers and cadets, the presidents of the Association of Argentine Professionals in the United Kingdom and the Anglo-Argentine Society, and Embassy staff will meet for a reception on the historic frigate before it leaves for Dublin.

The ship's maiden voyage was in 1963.

Since then, she has spent 17 of her 53 years at sea, covering more than 800,000 nautical miles and visiting more than 500 ports in 60 countries.

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Date:Jul 25, 2016
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