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Pascual Flores

As the authorities in Torrevieja maintain a hermetic silence about the present use and the planned future of the three-masted schooner, Carrasco Shipyards, the builder of the Pascual Flores replica, has warned that the hull of the boat is falling into serious disrepair because of the lack of maintenance.

Since her original launch in November 2007, this lack of cleaning and conditioning, particularly of the hull, is threatening the preservation of the vessel, which is currently situated in Torrevieja Marina.

Master shipwright Antonio Carrasco, the patriarch of a family of four generations of carpenters, said that he has very real concerns about the consequences of the failure to maintain the boat. Made with high quality wood, he said that the hull of the schooner needs to be cleaned every year of the fouling organisms, algae and small molluscs, which naturally adhere to the hull of the ship.

“Treating the wood with an antifouling agent is considered essential in order to prevent irreversible damage to the hull,” he says. “A failure to carry out the treatment could force the wooden hull to separate which would have irreparable consequences for the vessel. “

Carrasco also said that his shipyard, based in the port of Aguilas, Murcia, proposed an agreement for maintenance and management of the ship which was rejected by the Torrevieja administration.

Last year, the mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon, (PP) said that he would not spend “one more euro on Pascual Flores” and that its current use as a museum piece, within the Museo Del Mar y Sal’s fleet of historic ships, which includes the submarine ‘Delfin’ and the Patrullo De Vigilancia Customs Cutter, will continue for the foreseeable future.

Built in front of the casino on the Paseo Vista Alegre in 1918, the original Pascul Flores made several trips to the Caribbean. In 1929 she was featured in the Spanish film “La Ultima Luna”. When fruit cargoes were no longer available, ‘Pascual Flores’ carried cement, salt and other commodities all over the Mediterranean.

In 1975 she was purchased and taken to England for commercial charter work by the entrepreneur Peter Gregson, who rigged her to appear in various episodes of the popular BBC television series “The Onedin Line”.

In 1999 the City bought back the boat for 180,000 euros. However it was unable to be saved and in September 2006 the contractor had it broken up at a landfill site in Bigastro. A replica was then commissioned by Master shipwright Antonio Carrasco who rebuilt the boat to the very last detail.

The relaunch took place in November 2007 since when the boat has been situated in the Torrevieja Marina. The vessel has not put to sea for over 3 years and although designated as a floating museum neither is it currently welcoming visitors.

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Pascual Flores

As the authorities in Torrevieja maintain a hermetic silence about the present use and the planned future of the three-masted schooner, Carrasco Shipyards, the builder of the Pascual Flores replica, has warned that the hull of the boat is falling into serious disrepair because of the lack of maintenance.

Since her original launch in November 2007, this lack of cleaning and conditioning, particularly of the hull, is threatening the preservation of the vessel, which is currently situated in Torrevieja Marina.

Master shipwright Antonio Carrasco, the patriarch of a family of four generations of carpenters, said that he has very real concerns about the consequences of the failure to maintain the boat. Made with high quality wood, he said that the hull of the schooner needs to be cleaned every year of the fouling organisms, algae and small molluscs, which naturally adhere to the hull of the ship.

“Treating the wood with an antifouling agent is considered essential in order to prevent irreversible damage to the hull,” he says. “A failure to carry out the treatment could force the wooden hull to separate which would have irreparable consequences for the vessel. “

Carrasco also said that his shipyard, based in the port of Aguilas, Murcia, proposed an agreement for maintenance and management of the ship which was rejected by the Torrevieja administration.

Last year, the mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon, (PP) said that he would not spend "one more euro on Pascual Flores" and that its current use as a museum piece, within the Museo Del Mar y Sal’s fleet of historic ships, which includes the submarine ‘Delfin’ and the Patrullo De Vigilancia Customs Cutter, will continue for the foreseeable future.

Built in front of the casino on the Paseo Vista Alegre in 1918, the original Pascul Flores made several trips to the Caribbean. In 1929 she was featured in the Spanish film “La Ultima Luna”. When fruit cargoes were no longer available, ‘Pascual Flores’ carried cement, salt and other commodities all over the Mediterranean.

In 1975 she was purchased and taken to England for commercial charter work by the entrepreneur Peter Gregson, who rigged her to appear in various episodes of the popular BBC television series “The Onedin Line”.

In 1999 the City bought back the boat for 180,000 euros. However it was unable to be saved and in September 2006 the contractor had it broken up at a landfill site in Bigastro. A replica was then commissioned by Master shipwright Antonio Carrasco who rebuilt the boat to the very last detail.

The relaunch took place in November 2007 since when the boat has been situated in the Torrevieja Marina. The vessel has not put to sea for over 3 years and although designated as a floating museum neither is it currently welcoming visitors.

Filed under: http://www.theleader.info/article/38218/

Home Insurance | Spanish Home Insurance | Home Insurance in Spain | Spanish Property | Costa Blanca Spanish Property | Spain Property | Spanish Real Estate | Spain Real Estate

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