Thursday, August 29, 2013


The Portuguese passenger and mail liner INFANTE DOM HENRIQUE, flagship of Companhia Colonial de Navegação, Lisbon, photographed in Luanda, Angola, in 1970, her decks full of happy passengers bound for Lobito, Cape Town, Lourenço Marques and Beira. She was the largest and most luxurious liner ever built for the Europe - East Africa service, and the largest Portuguese passenger ship ever.
The INFANTE DOM HENRIQUE was a magnificent ship. She operated mostly as a mail liner from October 1961 until January 1976 and also did several cruises including one to Brasil from Lisbon in 1972. After 17 months in lay up in Lisbon, the INFANTE was towed to Setubal and converted to accommodation ship duties at Sines where she stayed from November 1977 until November 1986.
Purchased by Lisbon Greeks interests, she was refitte and renamed VASCO DA GAMA for international cruises. Sold again and renamed SEAWIND CROWN in 1995. Seized in Barcelona in September 2000 and scrapped in China in 2004.
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