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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 .

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