Saturday, January 03, 2009

VENUS in Funchal, Madeira

The famous Bergen Line passenger liner and cruise ship VENUS at anchor in Madeira.
VENUS was of the utmost importance for the development of regular cruising to Madeira after WW2. From 1947 up to 1968 the VENUS cruised extensively between Southampton or Plymouth to Funchal, Madeira on off North Sea season weekly cruises bringing hundreds of tourist to the island. Most passengers traveled on a cruise and stay basis and were transferred by tender directly from the ship at anchor to the Reid's Hotel. When she was withdrawn and sold for scrap in 1968 the service was continued by Fred. Olsen Lines with the then new BLACK WATCH and BLACK PRINCE sisters also on a seasonal service operated between September and early May until 1986. A third ship, the BLENHEIM, was introduced in 1970.
Foto Figueiras (Funchal) photograph from the Luís Miguel Correia collection

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