TORREVIEJA’S emblematic sailing boat, the Pascual Flores replica, can finally go to sea.
Torrevieja town hall recently agreed that the Fundacion Nao Victoria can use the boat for four years.
The Andalucia-based foundation is a non-profitmaking organisation that specialises in historic vessels and the Samuel Flores will visit Europe’s principal maritime fairs, putting into ports worldwide.
Torrevieja mayor Eduardo Dolon and the foundation’s director Jose Fernandez de Cabo signed a collaboration agreement aboard the Andalucia, the organisation’s galleon that recently visited the town.
The town hall will pay Fundacion Nao Victoria €150,000 for repairs which will be carried out locally over the next six months.
The Samuel Flores is actually a replica of a 25-metre sailing boat built in Torrevieja in 1918 and used for local coastal shipping. Later it was sold to a Catalan shipowner and spent many years in the UK before it was bought by Torrevieja town hall in 1999.
The Samuel Flores was in such bad condition that it ended its days in the breaker’s yard after costing the municipality approximately €500,000 between 1999 and 2004 in purchasing and maintaining it.
The €4 million replica, which was built in 2008, will finally earn its keep by publicising Torrevieja worldwide, Dolon said.
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