Monday, September 06, 2010

INFANTE at Cape Town 1969

"An old image of CCN's sensational INFANTE DOM HENRIQUE arriving early am in Cape Town, circa 1969", so writes Trevor Jones from Durban attaching this beautiful photo.
Thank you, Trevor for sharing this magnificent photograph of my beloved INFANTE DOM HENRIQUE.
Looking at her hull and rust probably she was homebound from Mozambique but anyway there is no acceptable reason for the poor hull maintenace. There were no economies in paint at the time and this ship was Portugal's flagship.
INFANTE DOM HENRIQUE was the largest pasenger liner in the fleet of Companhia Colonial de Navegação, of Lisbon. She was built in Antwerp and delivered in September 1961 for a regular express service from Lisbon to Beira, Mozambique, calling at Funchal, Luanda, Lobito, Cape Town and Lourenço Marques. In 1988 she became VASCO DA GAMA and in 1995 was sold and renamed SEAWIND CROWN. Under this name she was Pullmantur's first ship in May 2000 but the bankrupcy of Premier Cruises the following September led to her long lay up in Barcelona and the ultimate sale to breakers in China in 2004. "What a waste", commented to me at the time Mr. George Potamianos, the man behind her rebuilding as VASCO DA GAMA in 1986-1988.
Texto de /Text copyright L.M.Correia. For other posts and images, check our archive at the right column of the main page. Click on the photos to see them enlarged. Photograph by Trevor Jones, Durban. Thanks for your visit and comments. Luís Miguel Correia
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