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Santo André Ship Museum: rehabilitation works on track

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The rehabilitation works of the Santo André Ship-Museum, taking place at the shipyards of Navalria, are currently at “cruising speed” - something that could be seen in the visit to the press, which took place on August 5th.

Led by the Mayor of Ílhavo, Fernando Caçoilo, the delegation of journalists began the visit with the descent to the dry dock, entering the ship through the deck, then passing by the winch, engine room, cabins and deck.

With 72 years of life (the first 48 in cod fishing and the last 20 as a museum), the Ship will benefit from an investment of one million euros, largely co-financed by community funds within the framework of the Community Based Local Development Strategy of Aveiro Region (DLBC-RA) of the MAR2020 Program, as well as the project MMIAH - Recovery and Enhancement of Maritime, Industrial and Military Heritage of the European Union Atlantic Area, the latter co-financed by the European Union's Interreg Atlantic Area Program.

This amount will be used to recover the ship, including better access conditions; for the construction of a new reception, next to the ship; and for the implementation of a new museological plan, with a travel narrative, which will allow a visit to the engine room (which previously was not possible) and which will show the experiences of cod fishing on board this trawler, in the 70s and 80.

At this moment, 40 percent of the construction site component of the works has already been carried out, including cleaning; pickling; replacement of damaged plates and other supports, of which the full replacement of the aft mast stands out; and the start of general painting work on the ship, in particular the hull.

The ship left its usual anchorage, in Jardim Oudinot, in Gafanha da Nazaré, on May 15, and headed for the shipyards of Navalria, where work began, first on the pier and from July 15 in dry dock, where will remain for about 15 more days. The work will continue on the wharf again, ending at the end of September - when the NMSA should return to Jardim Oudinot, to carry out the museology work.

The inauguration of the entire transformation, including the construction of the new reception at Jardim Oudinot next to its docking point, should take place between the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second, next year.