Except that, after last year's excitements, last week's visitor, the Italian sail training ship Amerigo Vespucci, seemed liked a rarity, rather than more of the same.
As with previous visiting sailing-ships, people were allowed to stroll the decks, admire the brasswork and neatly stowed ropes
, wonder over the arrangement of four or five steering wheels all linked together (would it take a team to hold the rudder on course in rough weather?), imagine (if a small child) this was a pirate ship - or (this being modern times) sit and play with a computer
On the face of it, not a lot of difference from similar visitors from other countries offering picturesque reflections in the office blocks around - but could these sailors have come from any other country but Italy?
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