Ship that will carry the Olympic flame from Greece to France moors in Piraeus

(22 Apr 2024)
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Piraeus, Greece – 22 April 2024
1. Various of Belem entering the port of Piraeus
2. Mid of members of a band playing music as Belem entering the port of Piraeus
3. Various of Belem entering the port of Piraeus
4. Mid of crew members waving to onlookers
5. Various of French flag on Belem, docked at the port of Piraeus
6. Mid of crew members, one waving a French flag
7. Various of crew members on masts
8. Mid of members of a band playing music as Belem is docked at the port of Piraeus
9. Various of onlookers waving Greek and French flags as Belem is docked at the port of Piraeus
10. Mid of crew members waving to onlookers , applauding as music of welcome ceremony ends
11. Various of Hellenic Navy cadets posing for pictures, backdropped by Belem , docked at the port of Piraeus
12. Mid of crew members disembarking Belem, docked at the port of Piraeus
STORYLINE:
A historic French sailing ship that will carry the Olympic Flame from Greece to France ahead of Paris 2024 moored in Piraeus port, outside Athens on Monday.

It was welcomed with a band playing music and onlookers, some waving Greek and French flags.

The Belem, built in 1896 – the same year the first modern Olympics were staged in Athens – made first a stop in Katakolo in western Greece close to Ancient Olympia prior to the flame lighting ceremony, April 16.

It will set sail from Piraeus , the Greek capital’s port, on April 27 with the flame at Greek authorities are due to hand it over to French Olympic organisers at a ceremony on April 26.

The Belem’s captain had said from the port there was significant symbolism in using a fully wind-powered vessel to transport the flame to Marseille in southern France, a port city founded by ancient Greek colonists.

The three-masted Belem has a maximum sail area of more than 1,200 square meters (1.435 square yards) and is one of the last seaworthy ships of her kind in the world. Built as a cargo vessel, she was later converted into a luxury yacht. After passing through several hands, she returned to French ownership and now is a sail training ship, which is also used to show a 21st-century public what life was like on board a 19th-century sailing vessel.

AP video shot by Lefteris Pitarakis and produced by Theodora Tongas

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