Museu Marítimo de Ílhavo
The Maritime Museum of Ílhavo
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Cod fishing gallery

mmi-1.jpgThis is the most emblematic exhibition of the Museum, evocative of the cod-fisherman and the line-fishing with both sailing and motor vessels. This room expresses a double meaning: evocation and tribute.
 
 
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In August 2002, this permanent exhibition was renamed in tribute to Captain Francisco Marques, the last captain of the Portuguese schooner “Creoula” and Director of the Museum from October 1999 to June 2001.
The exhibition discourse combines the typical realism of the traditional display techniques with some ornamentation and audio visual resources. The scenery is deliberately dismal (very little lighting), mythical and involving.
 
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The exhibition has three distinct spaces, as if it was a large triptych: in the centre of the hall there is a cod-fishing vessel, wooden made, built by a group of shipbuilders during 2001. It is a representation of a typical cod-fishing vessel from the beginning of the 20th century, cut by the lower limit of the deck, allowing the visitors to get aboard and touch the materials and tools that once made part of this fishing.
The left side of the room is a recreation of the areas under deck, such as the Officers’ Chamber and the Salting Hold.
The right side of the room works as a voyage discourse, from the supplying and sailing day, through the daily routine of the fishing until the returning day, illustrated with Alan Villiers texts and photos.