The hosting costs of websites on this system have historically been covered by advertising. However changes in the way people use the internet, including ad-blocking mean that the revenues no longer cover the expenses. For this reason we will be closing this website within the next two months unless we can find a different model. If any users of the site would be interested in the possibility of taking this incredible archive or pictures and comments over including paying for hosting, please get in touch.
Librapix Link

Ships and Harbours Photos

Upload a Picture About this Site | Links | Random Pic | Advanced Search Home | Latest Additions | Contributors | Visitors
 
Photo of Hospital Ship Gil Eannes
Ships and Harbours
 
No: 19036   Contributor: Simon Hodson   Year: 2012   Manufacturer: ENVC, Viana do Castelo, Portugal   Country: Portugal
Photo of Hospital Ship Gil Eannes

Designed and built at the Estaleiros Navais de Viana do Castelo (The Boatbuilding Yard of Viana do Castelo) in 1955
That year, the ship began her duties of medical assistance to the cod fishing fleets of Portugal and other countries on the Newfoundland and Greenland seas. The ship not only served as a hospital but also delivered mail, was a towboat and an icebreaker and even ensured the supply of provision, nets, fishing materials, fuel, freshwater and bait for the cod fishing fleets.
From 1963 the ship's duties changed and she began to serve as a commercial vessel, as refrigerated transport, and even as a carrier of passengers between fishing sorties. She made her final trip to Newfoundland in 1973. That year she also made a goodwill mission as a 'Portuguese Ambassador' to Brazil.
After that, Gil Eannes had no further use and was shunted from dock to dock in Lisbon harbour until she was finally sold for scrap in 1997.
Stirred by the inglorious fate of such an emblematic hospital ship, the community of Viana decide to bring her back to her birthplace, recuing her from the scrapyard and permanently berthing her in the Viana do Castelo harbour as a reminder of the maritime past of the city.
She is now the property of the Gil Eannes Foundation, composed of several organizations in Viana do Castelo.
The ship has been open to the public since August 1998.

See also picture #19035
Picture added on 12 February 2012 at 08:34
Please add your comments about this picture using the form below.

Comments

Your Name

Your email address - this will be shown on the page and will allow the system to notify you of further comments added to this picture.
 

ENVC, Viana do Castelo, Portugal

BBC QueenslandIranian cargo ship 'Iran Kalam' of 1975ELISABETH FISSER at GreenockELISABETH FISSERSea Hunter at Gt.Yarmouth      24/4/2013SeaHunter   Gt.Yarmouth      24/4/2013Transinsular Expresso's Insular (IMO 9150420)FJORDSTRAUMContainer ship destined for RotterdamContainer ship Emstal
My Album Admin Login | Terms & Copyright | Try our site about Trucks