Figurehead of the Mexican Tall Ship ‘Cuauhtemoc’


The tall ship ARM ‘Cuauhtemoc’ was built for the Mexican Navy in the Celaya shipyards (Bilbao, Spain) and launched in July 1982. During Sail Den Helder I sailed with the three-masted barque, 67,2 meters long and a width of 12.1 meters. It is a training ship for the Mexican Navy. The beautiful figurehead became an homage to the last Aztec emperor. His headpiece, a jade colored eagle and his body covered in golden leaf while holding a weapon in his right hand. Fire is coming from his feet. Figureheads were used to symbolise an owner’s power and wealth, but are also believed by sailors to bring good luck.