Gil Eannes is a unprecedented instance of the restoration of a ship that was scrapped for dismantling after years of abandonment.
It is also a stunning universe of objects and environments that remind us of its perform: a hospital ship.
However it goes far past that. We really feel the life at sea, the adversities of cod fishing and maybe the consolation of therapy in a well-equipped Gil Eannes.
Inside, we will see an infirmary, an working room and an enormous engine room with pipes a number of meters lengthy.
“That is a very powerful area on the ship. Guests come right here to the engine room and say “Ah!”. I am normally within the engine room and I see that fairly often.”
The testimony comes from Nicolau Alves, liable for the restoration and upkeep of the ship.
Gil Eannes was deserted for a number of years within the port of Lisbon. It was faraway from the junkyard and returned to Viana do Castelo, the place it was constructed within the Fifties.
A lot of the restoration work has been progressive, at all times with the care and experience of Nicolau Alves. “I attempted to deliver the metallic to paint. All metallic elements have been painted. I selected the colour code by way of finishes. By the colour we all know whether or not it’s a freshwater, saltwater or air pipe…”
One other level is that the supplies are authentic. “The engine room is strictly full, as if the ship is transferring. The machines do not work, however every part is authentic. So long as you are right here, cousin, for protecting the unique. Even the bolt should be authentic.”
Nicolau Alves had the identical downside with rooms reserved for medical care. Small compartments, detailed with furnishings, garments, uniforms and devices.
This element surprises those that go all the way down to the working room. “We renovated this place 4 years in the past. It was laborious work as a result of every part was destroyed.
I painted all elements of the working room. The whole lot in there comes from the ship, except for a stolen analytical lab. The work was troublesome, however after we opened it was additionally a shock for many individuals.”
Throughout the go to we additionally found navigational gear.
There’s additionally a spot the place we will watch movies about cod fishing and one among Gil Eannes’ goodbyes on the pier in Lisbon, with one other journey to the excessive seas.
Inside this framework, Gil Eannes is a museum ship full of feelings for many individuals related to the ocean.
Gil Eannes is anchored within the previous business harbor of Viana do Castelo, in a central location and in a beautiful setting.
“Once we go there, to the central half, and we take a look at Santa Luzia, on the river, on the Lima Estuary, individuals are surprised.”
They manage guided excursions and generally the information is Nicolau Alves. Enthusiastic about ships and the ocean. He labored in the course of the day and studied at evening. He accomplished an industrial course on the time, and his life was within the shipyards of Viana do Castelo and at sea, the place he made 4 voyages.
“I’ve at all times been keen about ship historical past. I’m fascinated by the historical past of cod fishing and supplies associated to ships. I’m a collector of books and objects. It pains me that this legacy is disappearing.”
The governing physique of the Hospital Ship is the Gil Eannes Basis. It was created to protect the ship.
Now, as they have a good time the twenty fifth anniversary of Gil Eannes’ “rescue”, they’re selling some initiatives. One in every of them is the inauguration of the “Journey of Religion – Portuguese fishermen, males of religion, with their eyes targeted on the safety of the Blessed Virgin Mary”, January 31. On February 4, the “Album of Cod Fishing Vessels” by João David Batel Marques might be introduced.
The unprecedented and stunning Gil Eannes hospital ship museum is a part of the Antena1 programme I’m going there and I come You may take heed to the published of this episode right here.