manual capstan, used for hoisting sails.
huemul on the left and the condor on the right, each wear golden naval crowns symbolizing the heroic deeds of the Chilean Navy in the Pacific. The motto beneath says: "By Reason Or Force".
Bosun's whistles were some of the items. My favorite among the offerings is pictured here. :) Fine Chilean wines, bearing the ship's name. Unfortunately, they did not take credit cards, so I was out of luck today. Before departing, however, I was offered an aparativo called Pisco. It was served with ice and tasted much like lemonade. What a delightfully refreshing drink! Ensign Villegas told me it is served on board. What a wonderful change of pace from the old fashioned navy grog. My plan is to visit the ship again Saturday, with cash in-hand to purchase a bottle or two of this superb Chilean elixir.
My thanks to the captain and crew of B.E. Esmeralda for extending such warm hospitality to visitors and sharing the story of this grand ship. A special thanks to Ensign Raul Villegas for having to pose for so many photos and answer my many questions. Of all my travels with the navy, I never visited Chile and now have an idea of what I've missed. The young crewmembers of this wonderful ship are shinning representatives of their nation, and the people of Chile should be very proud of them. To the B.E. Esmeralda...May you have "Fair Winds and Following Seas" as you soon depart for your next adventure.