Terça-feira, 30 de Junho de 2009


Shipyard is full of ships. Repairs and new buildings. It seems that everything is rolling well. Should be, but we know there are some problems, principaly because of  "Atlântida".

We hope the two parts envolved come to terms in order of the interests of both parts.

The gouvernement of Portugal and Azores have one word to said to raise the blockade of looking forward to the future of the Vianayard and the transport between Azores Islands.



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Quinta-feira, 30 de Agosto de 2007

The New Harbour of Viana do Castelo was officially openned in 26 April 1984. The fisrst comercial ship entered in 21 April 1984 and her name is "BALDUR".


Baldur in high sea with containers


 Name : Baldur

Flag : Germany
Port of Registry : Hamburg
Gross Tonnage : 1.599 tons
Net Tonnage : 1.028 tons
Call signal : D G D B
Length over all : 96 m
Breath : 14,5 m
Owner : LYS-LINE - Oslo - Norway
Agent in Viana : E. A. Moreira



Baldur berthed on the pear 3 in Viana

The ship sail in 27 April 1984 loaded with rills of paper - Kraft Line - and wood paper.

The draft on sailing is Ahead : 16' 00" ; Aft : 19' 06"



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Domingo, 8 de Julho de 2007


The first cruise liner in Viana harbour was "FUNCHAL" by the command of José Amadeu Albuquerque, a friend that had been Chiefmate and Captain of diferent trawlers in Viana's Fishing Company.




The harbour pilot designated to manouvre the ship on entrance was Bastião. The tug-boats used to help the manouvre of the ship was, ahead "Vandoma" and astern " Cte. Águas".



Plenty people on the pear observe the beatiful ship. It's "Ship's Day"!!!
I was there and took this pictures for the history of  Viana harbour.


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Domingo, 24 de Junho de 2007

Between September 1990 and  December 1992, about ten ships where reformed on  Vianayard's.

Normaly the forward part is cutted out and replaced by a new one larger. The part cutted out go to scrap towed by a tug boat, generaly to a scrapper in Lisbon - Alhos Vedros, where she was unriged.

At the end of eighty decade, Empresa de Pesca de Viana had 13 ships. Is the highest period of this factory  fishing along her history. In the begining of the ninety decade she started to decline and the ships goes to scrap.

Excepting two ships, Praia de Santa Cruz and Ilha Graciosa, the other vessels of Empresa de Pesca de Viana where transformed in scrap. Most of all unriged in Comercial Dock excluding Leone IV - Ex. Senhora do Mar and Monte de Santa Luzia, that goes to Gijon towed by the tug boat "Facal 14" in 30 April 1994.

The classic trawler  "Senhor dos Mareantes", Vianayard's building nº 1 , that we can see on the foto below, landed on south side of Comercial Dock, waiting for her unlucky end after 44 years at  sea, most of all on the seas of Newfoundland and Groenland catching the cod fish and salting him until received a great transformation between 1977/1980. She was adapted to freeze the fish using modern processes.




Main characteristics of "SENHOR DOS MAREANTES and SENHORA DAS CANDEIAS", sister's ships:

Length over all : 71,92 mts

Breath : 11,05 mts

Gross tonnage : 1266 tons

Power engine : 1100 BHP at 275 RPM

Type of engine : N.V. Verkspoor year 1947

 Building: E.N.V.C. in 1948

After that all the fish catched is processed frozen, it means that the trip is shorter and she made more trips in a year and more money for the owner and for the crew.

The same sort had the coastal fisher boats made in wood was unriged by an European Comunity Agreement. The fisher owners received a compensation to unrig her vessels.

The scrap had no interest because all of them is wood whithout any comercial value, excluding the motor, the winches and few parts in iron.




Scrap of the fisher boat "Santa Luzia no Monte"





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Sexta-feira, 22 de Junho de 2007
Rio Lima versus Leone III

Rio Lima was a ship built in 1952 on the shipyard of  Viana do Castelo as a motor ship destinated to the fishing with long-line in the banks of Newfoundland. Later in 1962  it was transformed and adapted to a fishing-vessel prepared to catch cod fish  by two methods: - fishing-nets and trawling-nets(seine nets).



Leone III - Ex. Rio Lima landed in Comercial Dock of Viana Harbour


Main characteristics of m/v "Rio Lima":

Gross tonnage: 1395 tons

Net tonnage : 638 Tons

Length over all : 67,12 mts

Breath: 11,06 mts

Engine Power : 1261 BHP - 275 RPM

Type of engine : N. V. Verkspoor - 1951

In 1988 she change the name to Leone III with Panamá flag until 1995.

During her long life she cross the seas  of Newfoundland, Groenland, Norway, Sierra Leone and South Africa using diferent arts of fishing for catch diferent kinds of fishing.

I remember one trip she made to the seas of Sierra Leone(1988?), comanded by  Captain João Amorim Carvalho, with about 500 tons of special and gross fish, catched on the virgin shoals of Sierra Leone.



On the last trip she made in Norway, she towed the other trawler named "Leone", ex." Santa Maria Madalena" that had an accident with fire on board, from Norway to Viana do Castelo.

After that she was transformed into scrap.







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Segunda-feira, 18 de Junho de 2007
São Ruy - The last days

She was a ship that makes me remember many things, principaly when I was her chiefmate in the years nineteenth seventy five/seventy six. Later on I become  harbour pilot in Viana do Castelo and I found again São Ruy. Many times I manouvre this ship on entrance coming from Newfoundland with cod fish or sailing to Newfoundland to catch them.


Tooked from the book "Epopeia dos Bacalhaus"

It was built in Lisbon on the CUF shipyard's to the owner Empresa de Pesca de Viana in the year 1939 Her main characteristics was:

Length over all - 66,82 mts.

Breath - 10,99 mts.

Gross tonnage - 1.043 tons.

Net tonnage - 448 tons.

Maximum draught - 20' 00'' feet.

Along her long life it was used on the fishing of cod (bacalao) by the method of long-line with the fishermen in small boats named "dóris"; one in each boat during the day. It's a very hard life, that the portuguese White fleet (as it was knowned in St. John's of Newfoundland) practised for many, many years until 1974.The last 15 years of her life she practised the method of fishing by using nets.

In 1987 the owner change the name to "LEONE II" flag Sierra Leone, and in 26 September 1988 she enter directly in the New Harbour of Viana do Castelo for the last time. After that she moved pear to pear until it was unrigged like the fotos show and moved for the last place.



It was very painful to assist  the unrigging of a ship that takes part of our life, principaly if you haven't other way to go to your service as in this case. All days I see the ship loose one part of them, it was like I loose one part of me.



The ship where you have passed days and days of your life, good and bad moments, is been distroied for ever, ever...

One day, when the most part was unrigged, it rest simply the bottom, I received a call to remove, once more, the rest of the ship to the "cemetery". It's my destiny, I can't refuse. It's my job. I desired don't be in service this day, but it's impossible, because the other pilot leave the service that morning and is going home far away from here.




The tugboats  "Moraes" and " Balançuela" was in position to pickup the tows to towing the rests of "ex.São Ruy" or "Leone II" to the cemetery. There wasn't conditions to be on board but in this case I prefer this situation. I stay on the pilot boat and gave orders to the tugs start towing.



When the rests of the ship passed on the lock I remember the dificulties and the anxiety before manouevre. It wasn't a very manoubrable ship and I taken many frights during the almost seven years I manouvred this vessel.




This time also the manouevre is becoming dificult for the tugboats because the thin forms of the keel don't permit make a steady course. Other wise, it seems the vessel don't want go to the last place of her life.

A ship is like us, she has soul, she cry when is necessary cry, when she loose or died a sailor, she smile when she catch a lot of fish and make the trip short or when everything is OK on board, she soulk when the sort don't help, but she is amazing and kind when the weather is extremely good.




For the rest of her life she go into a beach, may be a good place to rest if we see beatiful mermaids. I think São Ruy merit to be surrounded with a lot of themselves.

But one thing I supose it should be done when the authorities decided to gave a name at this beach. The name of this beach should be "SÂO RUY BEACH" and not " Coral beach", because the first ship that discovered the sand of this beach was "SÂO RUY", and she was a portuguese  not a chinese ship.

Rest in peace São Ruy!



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