Built in 1930 at Castellammare di Stabia, the Amerigo Vespucci is a full rigged three-masted steel hulled tall ship built in the the style of large late 18th century 74-cannon ships of the line. It is 331 feet long, including the bowsprit, with a beam of 51 ft. The tallest of her three masts is 178 feet tall. Her draft is 23 ft below the waterline with a displacement of 4146 tons. The ship is used as a training vessel by the Italian Navy and carries a crew of 16 officers, 70 non-commissioned officers and 190 sailors, but in summer the midshipmen of the Accademia Navale causes its crew to expand to 450. The ship was named for Amerigo Vespucci, who in the late 15th and early 16th centuries explored nearly the entire coastline of both North and South America, proving that Columbus didn't discover a route to Asia, but in fact came upon a "New World", and two new continents.