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Captain Onedin would be proud

JOSE MANUEL DOLON, the mayor of Torrevieja, has announced that he’s in negotiations about the future of the iconic ‘Pascual Flores’ ship in the municipality’s harbour.

The historic three-masted schooner is famous for being one of a number of ships featured in the 1970’s BBC TV series The Onedin Line, and the mayor is discussing its fate with the NAO Foundation; a charity specialising in promoting and displaying historic ships.

The ‘Pascual Flores’ was the last ever sailing ship built on the beach in Torrevieja – in 1917 – and at a cost of €4 million underwent a full restoration 10 years ago.

However, in spite of the renovation project the ship has been moored ever since in the harbour and has deteriorated.

According to Spanish media, Dolon made the announcement during a visit to the NAO Victoria which is also a significant name in maritime history.

Victoria was a Spanish carrack and the first ship to successfully circumnavigate the world.

She was part of a Spanish expedition commanded by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan which began on August 10, 1519 with five ships.

However, Victoria was the only ship to complete the voyage, returning on September 6, 1522.

During the tour, the mayor said that the intention of the City Council is to come to an agreement with the NAO Victoria Foundation to ensure a similar future for the ‘Pascual Flores’ that would see it leave its current base for most of the year, touring the world and promoting Torrevieja.

It is estimated that the repairs to make the ship seaworthy again would cost in the region of €500,000.

Dolon confirmed that negotiations are at an advanced stage and the outcome is expected to be known in the coming weeks.

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