The Portuguese passenger liner VERA CRUZ (1952-1973) at anchor in the bay of Funchal, Madeira Island, being serviced by a small fleet of local tenders and small boats selling goods to the passengers in transit.
A magnificent side view of the VERA CRUZ, and a credit to her designers in 1949, as she showed a very modern and elegant profile.
The VERA CRUZ operated on the Lisbon - Brazil liner service from March 1952 until May 1961. She was also used on long cruises as well as liner voyages to Central America and Port Everglades, and in her post-1961 period, on voyages to Africa, mostly as a trooper. More images and information on this magnificent ship here.
Copyright photograph from the Luís Miguel Correia collection