Portuguese Tall Ship "Santa Maria Manuela" at the Sail In parade from IJmuiden to Amsterdam (North Sea Canal), Sail Amsterdam 2010 (Holland)
The "Santa Maria Manuela" (SMM) is a four masted gaff schooner initially launched in 1937, built by Companhia União Fabril, in Lisbon, Portugal.
She began operating in cod fishing and altogether with her sister ship "Creoula", was part of the famous Portuguese White Fleet. In 1993, due to obsolescence, she was abated to the fishing fleet, being partially demolished, except the hull that was preserved. In 2007, the Portuguese company Pascoal & Filhos became the owner of the hull and started building the new SMM, which was launched in May 2010. Now as a Sail Training Ship,
the "Santa Maria Manuela" will no longer embark fishermen to the fishing banks of Newfoundland and Greenland, but brings a new touristic offer which stands out by its innovation and exclusiveness. The "Santa Maria Manuela" can accommodate with all modern comfort
up to 50 trainees and has no operating area restrictions.