The history of the schooner CERVANTES SAAVEDRA dates back to 1934, the year in which she was built as a lightship in the Swedish shipyards Götaverken AB, under the name SYDOSTBROTTEN 33.
In 1970 she ended her active life as a maritime signal station and a few years later, in 1977, was acquired by a private shipowner who, attracted by its solid steel-reinforced ice-breaking hull, planned to transform it into a pleasure sailboat. After being fitted with a new engine, in 1978 the ship was transferred to Portugal for refitting. During the process and due to its extraordinary construction, it was decided to preserve the structure of the hull. After four years of work, the old lightship would emerge transformed into a brand new three-masted schooner.
Renamed ATLANTIC WANDERER and under the Swedish flag, the ship began a new life at sea. The first major voyage took place in 1982, with the schooner taking part in the famous Cutty Sark regatta. When this regatta concluded, she established her base in the Caribbean and was used to carry out mini cruises. In 1984 she became the image of a major Canadian brewing company, returning to Sweden at the end of the contract.
In 1985 she was selected to represent the city of Stockholm in the commemorative acts of the bicentenary of “New Australia” and to be part of the fleet of nine ships that would sail from London to Sydney. After several years of charter activity in Australian waters, the ATLANTIC WANDERER moved her operations to the Mediterranean and specialised in cruising the coasts of Turkey and the Red Sea.
In 1996 the ATLANTIC WANDERER established her base of operations in Malaga and changed her name to AMORINA. In 2005, Camilo José Cela University chartered the ship to carry out the first of the Travesías de España y la Mar, which, under the aegis of the Royal Spanish Academy of the Sea and the UCJC Chair of the Sea, would take her to Lepanto with a group of 40 students. The second of the crossings would take place in 2006, as a Tribute to Christopher Columbus.