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The typical ferries crossing the Tagus River
« on: May 11, 2008, 06:18:00 AM »
From Lisbon very nice and typical ferries go out to the villages in the other river side Tagus. Take a look of these ships. Sometimes a modeller as Mr. Filipe Seguro makes a model of them.

The several ways to cross the Tagus River

Near the Tagus River mouth is located in one river side, the capital of Portugal-Lisbon
The connection between the opposite riversides is made by ferries and two bridges, the oldest   a suspension bridge  was inaugurated on August 6, 1966 and a train platform was added in 1999. It is often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA, due to their similarities and same construction company. With a total length of 2,277 m. The upper platform carries six car lanes, the lower platform two train tracks. Until 1974 the bridge was known as Salazar Bridge changing  its name to 25 de April Bridge in honour of the revolution in this data that changed the old regime to the democracy.



The modern second bridge named VASCO DA GAMA (The navigator that discover the maritime way to India at May of 1498)




Other way to cross this River…

LISBON FERRIES
First pictures showing the ferries that transport only passengers





Now the class that transport cars and also passengers






Based in this very nice ship, a Portuguese modeller Mr. Filipe Seguro, after a lot of difficulties as obtain the real plans from the shipyard is making an excellent work as you see in the following pictures. An amazing model, not yet finished…to represent correctly all details it is a very hard job of course. By the way, congratulations for this expert artist!









These elegant vessels have been part of Lisbon maritime scene for a long time. Even if the number of passengers carried seems to be dwindling these days, the Lisbon ferries affectionately known as the CACILHEIROS are always busy crossing the Tagus River showing their graceful forms and colours.

This Cruising ship belong to other class dedicated a daily runs for tourist people   Indeed they were old CACILHEIROS transformed and received some upgrades… 



The modern ships that are replacing the old ferries





Even if the number of passengers carried and the fleet of TRANSTEJO seems to be dwindling these days, the Lisbon ferries affectionately known as the CACILHEIROS are always busy crossing the Tagus showing their graceful forms and colours.

If you like to know much more: The history, main data and photos of the Lisbon ferries. Edited by L. M. Correia, maritime historian and author of the book CACILHEIROS (ISBN 972-96940-0-1) m.s.funchal@gmail.com

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