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PAPE‘ETE, Tahiti, French Polynesia (December 31, 2001 – Tahitipresse)---After a five month Pacific tour, the Chilean tall ship " Esmeralda " arrived in French Polynesia Thursday with 327 crewmembers aboard.

The ship, coming from New Zealand, moored in Moorea Lagoon for two days before sailing to Tahiti on Saturday.

Tahitians will have the opportunity to visit the ship for three days in a row, from December 30th to January 1st.

The four-masted ship, which started sailing in 1953, will leave Tahiti January 3rd for Rapa Nui (Easter Island), a territory of Chile.

The "Esmeralda" left Valparaiso, Chile July 15th and made port calls in Lima (Peru), Acapulco (Mexico), Hawai‘i (United States), Tokyo (Japan), Pusan (South Korea), Shanghai (China), Sydney (Australia), Auckland and Wellington (New Zealand).

The "Esmeralda" will return to Chile in February.

For additional reports from Tahiti Press, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Sources: Agence Tahitienne de Presse.

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