The Portuguese lugger "Santa Maria Manuela", sister vessel to the well-known "Creoula", classified by RINAVE - Registro Internacional Naval, has arrived at Factoria Naval de Marín for outfitting.
The Ship is to be completed by October 2009. RINAVE will assign the 62.8m overall length sail training vessel the class notations:
R2HULLMACH Special Service – Sail Training Ship /WAP Unrestricted Navigation.
The Santa Maria Manuela is a portuguese four masted lugger built in 1937 at Companhia União Fabril (Lisbon) in a record time of only 60 days. Its original owner was Empresa de Pesca de Viana. The ship made a large number of fishing trips to Terra Nova and Greenland for catching codfish. Deactivated since 1993, the ship is now being renewed by Foundation Santa Maria Manuela and Pascoal & Filhos, as a sail training vessel.
By TIAGO SANTOS