Robert Simper was the responsible by “Sail Review” of the SEA BREEZES, the British Magazine of ships and the Sea, which I gave my collaboration in this small work inserted in that magazine.
The CREOULA and ARGUS anchored in river Coina, Tagus estuary, near her owner's plant, 1972
It seems that one of the last stronghold of vessels using sail is finally doomed.
Every April the cod “liner” schooners of Portugal have sailed to the Grand Banks, but for several years this has been increasingly uneconomic and the owners are now converting to pure motor-ships using drift nets.
In March I boarded the 1.195 gross ton motor-ship NEPTUNO at
The Parceria Geral de Pescarias still have the schooners ARGUS and CREOULA which I was able to see their cod-drying plant at
From what I could gather in
The side trawler INVICTA, motor-ships SENHORA DO MAR and VILA DO CONDE were transferred for other ports. As recently as 1956
Of the Portuguese coastal traders only five former sailing vessels are still trading as motor-ships. These are the JAIMESILVA, SADINO, VITORIOSO, VIANENSE and
Vessels that appear to thriving are the River Tagus fragata. These gaff sloop sailing barges carry freights from
The fragata are expertly handled and in dock everything is stowed neatly. In recent years I have been accustomed to looking at working craft reminded me just how much of the mystic is lost when a craft stops trading.
The CREOULA as motor-vessel anchored in the River Coina, Tagus Estuary, ready for 1972 cod fishing season.
The ARGUS on laid up, anchored in the River Coina, Tagus estuary, in 1972
The NEPTUNO of 1958 anchored in Belem, Tagus estuary, ready for a new cod fishing season /(c) unknown Photographer/
Signed by Robert Simper - SEA BREEZES vol. 46 no. 319 July 1972.
Photos (c) by Robert Simper