The Santa Maria Manuela was moored along the wharf during the wine feast, so a good occasion to visit this 4 mast tall ship.
In WS, 2 pictures of the vessel.
The “Santa Maria Manuela” - altogether with other three former fishing schooners: “Creoula”, “Argus” and “Gazela” - is one of the last survivors of the Portuguese White Fleet.
These vessels share a lot of particulars, being “Creoula” and “Santa Maria Manuela” sister ships and “Argus” pretty similar to them. The sister ships were built side by side in the CUF shipyard at Lisbon in 1937 and “Argus” in Netherlands in 1938, to join the existing fleet and to participate in the cod fishing campaigns.
Empresa de Pesca de Viana kept “Santa Maria Manuela” in activity until 1963 and sold her that very year to Empresa de Pesca Ribau from Aveiro. During several years the vessel continued to operate on her original shape, suffering later on the 1960’s, important modifications dictated by technological innovations, introduced to cod fishing activity.
In 1993, despite the improvements, the vessel was still considered obsolete and given to slaughter, for demolition. Only her hull was preserved and that was the starting point of a long process that culminated on her recovery and in the return of the national identity patrimony that is “Santa Maria Manuela”, to her seas and to her people.
The rebuilding of this four masted gaff schooner was a private initiative of the company Pascoal & Filhos, S.A., that, between 2007 and 2010, embraced a long and well documented process of reconstitution of the vessel which hull was almost abandoned in the port of Aveiro waiting for better days.
Once again able to sail, now as a Sea Training Vessel, the “Santa Maria Manuela” will no longer embark fishermen to the fishing banks of Newfoundland and Greenland, but brings a new touristic offer which stands out by its innovation and exclusiveness. The “Santa Maria Manuela” can accommodate with all modern comfort up to 50 trainees and has no operating area restrictions
With 68,64m in length overall, she regularly sets 11 fore-and-aft sails with a total area of 1,130m2 having also mechanical propulsion of 746kW .
Information taken from http://www.santamariamanuela.pt/en/smm
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Royaldevon (34699) 2014-07-03 2:43
A delightful portrait of the captain, nicely composed and exhibiting good use of shallow dof. The w/s additions set the context for your excellent shot.
Have a good day,
daddo (26350) 2014-07-03 2:55
Salut Claude. a fine portrait of this man in his milieu. Soft light has given texture to his shirt and fine details to his face. Well done. Klaudio.
jhm (146590) 2014-07-03 3:56
I like portrait photography, certainly these captain in his nice clothing
Sharpness and clarity are very done.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
tyro (22964) 2014-07-03 5:29
Wow! You have given us a fascinating and very informative note about the wonderful four masted schooner "Santa Maria Manuela"! And how wonderful that she was saved from destruction and is now able to follow another life on the high seas!
And what a lovely trio of photographs too. Your two workshop pictures show clearly this fine craft - one image of her stern and the other of her masts and extensive rigging, each photograph a joy in itself.
But your candid "main" picture is absolutely delightful and you have caught this Captain perfectly in just the right pose. His uniform is splendid but even his face looks like that of an experienced seafaring man, his features strong and well tanned and his hair and beard finely trimmed. And he also has that look of pride too - I can imagine he must have considerable pride being in charge of such a fine vessel.
And all three pictures well composed, well taken and with lovely light, colours and detail.
ourania (38928) 2014-07-03 8:57
you have included two lovely and interesting pictures in the workshop that accompanies this superb portrait. Your note is fascinating as well. After her long history and the all the very hard work for her reconstruction, the four mast schooner has found a captain who looks imposing and iconic. Your photo has simple but significant context, perfect integration. The captain's face, eyes and expression stand out and captivate our attention. The glint in his eyes is exquisite. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
abmdsudi (48759) 2014-07-03 12:07
A different shot, not the sort of thing you see everyday for sure and the sea is in the blood of this true master seaman. He was absolutely charming must be a delight to chat and you seem to capture some fantastic expressions there, the detail is remarkable and his facial features seem to shine through. A great character by the looks, bet he could tell a tale or two. It's very good to have your text and the extra photos to put this in context both as an image in general and as a photo journalistic pictures. Well done, tfs
worldcitizen (7888) 2014-07-03 14:35
Lovely portrait of this proud captain. When I first noticed the thumbnail, I thought he reminds me of the captain from "Titanic"! Hopefully he never has any troubles with his ship. :-) Your presentation is very nice, with the blurred background, and the white frame.
jjcordier (79289) 2014-07-03 22:45
Il a une belle tête de loup de mer le captain! J'espère que tu lui as fait parvenir son beau portrait!
- Copyright: Claude SIMONIN (CLODO) (32992)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-28
- Categories: Daily Life, Event, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D 90
- Exposure: f/8, 1/90 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-03 2:09