School ship Cuauhtémoc (1982). This magnificent 1:100 scale model was built in 2021 in Veracruz, Mexico, by Captain Fernando Urrutia Jiménez of the Mexican Navy with the support of a team of talented local model makers. The project is the result of an initiative of the Navy of Mexico through Captain Armando Ojeda, Naval Attaché of the Mexican Navy in Germany, on occasion of the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Mexican Navy. The model was donated by Mr. Ralf Bomke and presented to the museum by Ambassador Francisco Quiroga during the celebrations for the Mexican Navy Day on 23 November 2021 at the Mexican Embassy in Berlin. The International Maritime Museum Hamburg is grateful for this symbol of transatlantic friendship.
The Mexican naval school ship Cuauhtémoc was built in 1982 at the Celaya SA shipyard in Bilbao, Spain. She was the fourth and last sailing school ship built by the shipyard for the Ibero-American navies to a design by naval architect Juan José Alonso Verástegui which is similar to that of the German training ship Gorch Fock, built in 1933 by Blohm & Voss in Hamburg. Her sisters are the Colombian Gloria (1967), the Ecuadorian Guayas (1976) and the Venezuelan Simón Bolívar (1979).
The steel-hulled three-masted barque was launched on 24 July 1982 and handed over to her first Mexican officers and crew, who took her on her first voyage across the Atlantic and officially received her in the Mexican port of Veracruz on 18 September. Since then, she has sailed every year from her home port of Acapulco and participated in the most prestigious tall ship meetings and regattas around the world, winning a long list of awards along the way. In 2006, she undertook a circumnavigation that holds the record for the longest training voyage in history at 32,502 nautical miles. In total, the Cuauhtémoc has sailed over 750,000 nautical miles in her long career. Her namesake was Cuauhtémoc (ca. 1495-1525), the last emperor of the Aztec Empire.