On 31 December 1955 the handsome sister ships VERA CRUZ and SANTA MARIA of Companhia Colonial de Navegação, met in the port of Funchal.
VERA CRUZ was cruising from Lisbon for the traditional new year's eve in Madeira while SANTA MARIA made a scheduled call on her regular transatlantic services.
Also in port is the Portuguese Navy training ship SAGRES the oldest of the three ships in the picture and the lucky one as she still exists under the original name RICKMER RICMERS, preserved as a museum ship in Hamburg.
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