Friday, April 24, 2009

MIKHAIL LERMONTOV arriving at Funchal

Soviet passenger liner MIKHAIL LERMONTOV arriving at Funchal, Madeira Island, late in her short career, already with the hull in white.
Soviet ships were very popular in Madeira waters in the 1970s and 1980s.
Copyright photograph by Luis Miguel Correia

Thursday, April 23, 2009

SANTA MARIA berthed at Pontinha

The beautiful Portuguese passenger liner SANTA MARIA (1953-1973) photographed alongside the head of Pontinha Pier while doing a New Year's cruise from Lisbon.
Her distinctive bow and livery were unmistakable and very modern as a post war design developed in 1949 for Companhia Colonial de Navegação Lisbon - South America service.
In several ways she was a trend setter and ships built many years later reflected her style and good looks, still present in Saga Cruises SAGA ROSE and SAGA RUBY...
Photograph kindly sent by my dear friend Fernando Lemos Gomes.