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Coordinates: 34°36′32.23″S 58°21′56.31″W / 34.6089528°S 58.3656417°W / -34.6089528; -58.3656417

ARA Presidente Sarmiento
Buque Museo Fragata Presidente Sarmiento.jpg
Moored at Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires
Career (Argentina)
Name: ARA Presidente Sarmiento
Namesake: Domingo Faustino Sarmiento
Builder: Laird Brothers, Birkenhead, England
Launched: 1897
In service: 1897
Out of service: 1961
Status: Museum Ship in Buenos Aires, Argentina
General characteristics
Class & type: Sail training ship
Displacement: 2,750 metric tonnes
Length: 81 meters
Beam: 13.11 meters
Draught: 5.64 meters
Propulsion: Steam, 3-cylinder compound, 1,000 hp (750 kW), ship rig
National Historic Monument of Argentina

ARA Presidente Sarmiento is a museum ship in Argentina, originally built as a training ship for the Argentine Navy and named after Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, the seventh President of Argentina. She is considered to be the last intact cruising training ship from the 1890s.[1]


The ship was originally built for the Argentine Naval Academy. ARA Presidente Sarmiento made thirty seven annual training cruises including six circumnavigations of the globe. The ship was retired as a seagoing vessel in 1938, but continued to serve as a stationary training ship until 1961.

She is now maintained in her original 1898 appearance as a museum ship in Puerto Madero near downtown Buenos Aires.

Propulsion and auxiliaries



In addition to its sailing rig this ship includes a large triple expansion steam engine supplied by two coal-fired boilers exhausting through the rear stack. An additional auxiliary boiler exhausting through the forward stack provides steam for other than propulsion, including two engines driving electrical generators on the main deck (below the weather deck).


A single coal bunker is positioned between the main and auxiliary boiler rooms



A three-wheel chain drive allows up to six helmsmen to control the rudder. Such a crew of operators was not always required due to the inclusion of an electric servo-drive for normal operation but was useful for the training of cadets.



Four five inch mounts are positioned amidships, two on each side, with additional smaller weapons. Documentation on the ship shows these having had some armor, but the present installations are bare.


A single torpedo scuttle using gravity expulsion exited at the bow. The scuttle has been removed and the exit port welded shut, but in the current museum configuration a torpedo is suspended in a position on the main deck ready to enter the former scuttle entrance. Additional torpedo storage is provided below this main deck.

Historic images

See also

  • ARA Uruguay, a smaller historic tall ship moored nearby in basin number three.
  • Argentine peso moneda nacional; the ship was featured on the 5 peso coin from 1961-1968.[2]


  1. Brouwer, Norman J. (1999). The international register of historic ships. London: Chatham Pub. ISBN 0-930248-11-2. 
  2. 1965 Argentina 5 Peso

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