The presence of the ‘Sagres’ school ship, docked at the dock north of the Port of Funchal, attracts many of the attentions of locals and visitors who enjoy the holiday and the good time for a walk by the sea.
It is recalled that the school ship left on April 27, from the Naval Base of Alfeite for a trip of 4 ½ months, which will cross the Atlantic Ocean. Funchal is precisely the first port to stop the ship, and it will stay here until Thursday, May 3rd.
The ship can be visited today, between 2 pm and 5 pm or from 8 pm to 11 pm and tomorrow from 10 am to 12 pm, from 2 pm to 7 pm and also from 8 pm to 11 pm.
In addition to Funchal, Sagres will stop at 11 more ports until returning to Lisbon, scheduled for 9 September: Philadelphia, New York, Newport, Boston, Halifax, Miami, Willemstad (Curaçao), Cartagena de Indias (Colombia), Praia da Vitória, Ponta Delgada and Faro.
The NRP Sagres is a large 90-meter-long, three-masted, boat-built boat built at the Blohm & Voss shipyards in Germany in 1937. It celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2017, 55 of which are under the Portuguese flag.
In addition to the thousands of visitors it receives on board, in ports of call, the NRP Sagres has a vast program of dissemination and representation, also hosting several events promoted by the partners of the Navy that are associated with the trips of the symbol of Portugal.
The Sagres school ship is commanded by the frigate Captain António Manuel Maurício Camilo, who counts for this mission with a garrison of 123 soldiers.