Cellpic Sunday – Capitán Miranda

Baltimore, Maryland.

While experimenting with a new software tool (to be discussed in a future post), I was searching my gallery for images to use as examples. I happened across this image of a sailing ship docked in the Inner Harbor at Baltimore.

For Cellpic Sunday, I like to tell a bit about the subject of the image, and one reason I never published this one before is that I was unsure of the ship’s name. After I finished processing the image, I could read the word “CAPITAN” on the vessel’s bow, but I couldn’t make out the other word. Some Internet searching and confirmation with the Images pages in my search engine gave me the full name and some background.

She is the Capitán Miranda, a sailing ship that is used for training by the Uruguayan Navy. The tall ship began life as a hydrology research vessel in 1930. Named after Captain Francisco Miranda, an Uruguayan naval officer, and marine geographer, the Capitán Miranda completed underwater surveys and charted Uruguayan waters until 1976.

Her original purpose was completed and she was due to be scrapped. For whatever reason, plans were changed and the Capitán Miranda was instead refitted with three tall masts and became a sail training vessel for the Uruguayan Navy. Completed in her new design in 1978, she began participating in the many tall ship regattas. In 1988, she completed her first 355-day circumnavigation of the world. In the process, she won a race during the Australian Bicentennial in Sydney. Her home port is in Montevideo Uruguay on the eastern shores of South America.

About the photo: I was standing on the deck of the sailing ship USS Constellation, one of the ships permanently on display at the maritime museum. I used my Samsung S7 cellphone to capture this image in August of 2019. The image remained in my collection of unprocessed images until I saw it while experimenting. If I hadn’t been able to come up with the ship’s name and a bit of history, it probably would have remained unpublished. In any case, I ran it through Adobe Lightroom and my own details template in Luminar AI. If you click on the image, you can view it in 2KHD on my Flickr site.

I encourage fellow bloggers to create their own Cellpic Sunday posts. I never have a specific topic for this feature, and the only rules are that the photo must be captured with a cell phone, iPad, or another mobile device… If you have an image from a drone or even a dashcam, that’s acceptable as well. The second rule is to link your challenge-response to this post or leave a comment here with a link to your post in the comment.

John Steiner


  1. This bought back a memory of school when the 1964 Olympic Games were on. We had to draw a country name from a “hat” and write about that country. I drew Uruguay.

  2. She’s a beauty, John. The backdrop is pretty gorgeous. That sky, the sharp colors. Your cell phone did an amazing job, I think along with the processing.

  3. The great preserved tall ships of today often tell great stories of the sea. I also remember doing research after attending gatherings in Toronto and Belfast. And in Belfast, I saw the Capitan Miranda, in August 2009!

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