THE ICONIC ship that adorns the harbour of Torrevieja, the Pascual Flores, is now in a perilous state.
The replica of the sailing ship that famously featured in the successful BBC TV series The Onedin Line had a tilting mizzen mast which was likely to collapse at any moment. Torrevieja council had the 4,000 kilo wooden structure taken down by a large crane and at the same time would be reviewing the overall safety and condition of the vessel.
The fear is that the other two masts are in a similar state and it’s also been revealed that the ship has sunk a further metre into the water due to the rotting hull.
The replica ship cost the Torrevieja council €4.5m when it arrived in the city 10 years ago and Torrevieja councillor Domingo Pérez said that a full evaluation will shortly take place to see what needs repairing and how much it will cost to make it able to fully sail again.