sexta-feira, 25 de abril de 2014


La vidéo a fait le tour de la planète en quelques jours, offrant une très mauvaise publicité au premier drone aérien opéré par la marine portugaise. La scène s’est déroulée dans la base navale de Lisbonne le 16 avril, jour de livraison à la Marinha de son premier AR4 Light Ray, un mini-drone aérien conçu et réalisé par la société portugaise Tekever Autonomous Systems. Pour l’occasion, le ministre de la défense et les plus hautes autorités de la marine étaient présentes, de même que la presse nationale. Comme c’est régulièrement le cas dans ce genre d’évènement, une démonstration a été organisée pour assurer la couverture médiatique. Malheureusement, le show a tourné court. Devant les caméras, un responsable de Tekever s’est élancé vers le bord du quai pour permettre à l’AR4 de prendre son envol, une procédure classique pour ce type d’engin à lancement manuel. Seulement voilà, à peine lancé, l’engin a immédiatement plongé dans les eaux du port, avec en toile de fond quelques uns des fleurons de la flotte, en l’occurrence deux frégates du type Alvarez Cabral … Il en résulte une séquence pour le moins catastrophique pour la communication du projet, les réseaux sociaux s’étant évidemment emparés de la vidéo pour tourner la scène ridicule (ce qu’elle dégage au demeurant).

Credits: Meretmarine

Depois das anedotas aos submarinos portugueses, temos as anedotas de drones... a culpa foi do militar que não sabia lançar o drone... Palavras para quê? 


Dear Friends and Customers,
Some sleepless nights have given me the chance to create another web-gallery, this time with the pictures of a three-hour visit on my beloved Portuguese passenger ship Funchal.
You can find pictures of her on

Unfortunately, I have no idea how to integrate text into this gallery. Therefore, here are some impressions and notes.
The ship is now owned by the newly-formed Portuguese "Portuscale Cruises", who seemingly understand that an old ship today is of some value for all real-ship-lovers.
But the first impression is a negative one, as the fantastic Danish styled reception disappeared  as well as the beautiful spiral staircase close to it today being, for “security reasons”, walled in and wall-papered in a horrible fashion.
The same goes for the carpet and this fine old ship has now lost a lot of its character.
The interior was definitely not one of the most striking points of the Funchal in more recent times.
So the question must be asked, are some of the newly-designed rooms really a step backwards?
Such as of the debatable "Safari Bar", the forward lounge.
The dining room in contrast is dominated by Bordeaux-red and although being very light, it feels extremely cosy.
I found the new corridors very stylish.
Some of the old artwork is still in place, but most impressive is the fact that new pieces have been added - and not only that - they theme the ship itself in a fashion that bears a lot of likeness to Portugal, consisting of tiles as they do.
The best feature today is that the outer deck-spaces have been largely renovated and improved.
Although her original silhouette has only been spoiled a little, the passengers gain a lot more comfort and space on the open deck at the stern of the ship.
Even some more spiral-staircases have been installed framing the area there and creating a hint of a Sagafjord amphitheatre.
The Funchal has an open promenade on each side of the ship that are, as all essential decks should be, properly planked with freshly sanded wood.
The handrails are freshly sanded and covered with high-gloss varnish as well, the obvious sign of good maintenance.
I was moved to see that the old brass window frames at the forward part of the superstructure were sanded and varnished as well, in a most careful way.
The upper parts of the superstructure have not yet been properly renovated, so the funnel and the masts still appear to have rust that has been painted over, but I am sure that the crew will soon improve that to suit the general high level of overhaul.
The re-introduction of the old colour-scheme is something to die for!!
Even the addition of the scrolled P on the funnel, for some spectators felt to be elegant, for others absurd, does not really spoil the classic look of the ship now with its dark hull with  white-red boot-topping.
By the way, the black of the hull is a very, very dark blue.
We were only given few hours on the Funchal and that was by coincidence.
I was so pleasantly surprised by this opportunity that I forgot to take pictures of the reception or to ask for access to some cabins.
I had no tripod with me, either, and the strong midday sun was fine for outside pictures, but inside, it spoiled the result with its harsh contrasts in light quality.
I think that the Funchal is the most beautiful active cruise ship, something I have felt since I first saw her in 1988.
For travellers like me, who want to be sure that the most beautiful ship in port is the one to return to after an excursion, she is the only choice for sure!
The interior is, in my view, somewhat lacking in theme, very often not understandable and it  consists of some strengths and weaknesses which do not evoke an emotion worthy of the beauty and uniqueness of the vessel.
Therefore, on a cold grey day in the North Atlantic, it might be more attractive to be inside her running mate Azores. In the southern sun, Funchal’s open decks and sheltered promenades must be a real pleasure.
Finally, I am sure that her new owners do not think that the process of improving this fine and unique ship is complete.
But more important, the commercial success of the Funchal will be a criterion that can only be guaranteed in one way, by booking a trip on this outstanding ship created in the shadow of the Hamlet-castle on the north of Zealand in 1961, a ship that has never changed its name.
Kind regards

Burkhard Schütt

quinta-feira, 24 de abril de 2014


Os antigos rebocadores CABO GIRÃO E CABO GARAJAU, puxam os cabos para mais uma partida no "nosso" SANTA MARIA. Vja-se a antiga lancha dos pilotos que servia o Porto do Funchal.



O cais regional no início dos anos 70'!
As antigas barcaças, os gasolinas, a draga e os velhos barcos da Travessa que faziam o transporte para o Porto Santo.

sábado, 19 de abril de 2014


Será inaugurada no próximo dia 23 de Abril, no Clube Militar de Lisboa, uma exposição sobre temática marítima,  pela mão do artista madeirense Fernando Lemos Gomes. A não perder... 

quinta-feira, 3 de abril de 2014


Dear Friends and Customers,
we are back from a very nice voyage to Lisbon and a cruise from there on the Portuscale Cruises "Azores" - better known as "Stockholm" from 1948.
We started work on our these days projects right ahead and will soon be able to deliver the tiny little "Alta" from the Norwegian FFR and the Portuguese beauty "Vera Cruz".
Both ships have a lot in common; both are sisterships to ships we have had produced earlier and both differed a lot to their sister.
In case of the Ri 127 "Alta" the main superstruckture was very different and as well a wooden planked bridge-bulwark made her appear different and somehow more old-fashioned then her sister "Sørøy".
The "Vera Cruz" had (aside minor equipment-diffences in the details ondeck) a different front to the "Santa Maria" and looked - in my opinion- more sleek and elegant, but less characteristic than her sister "Santa Maria"
We do not yet have model pictures of the "Alta" but please have a look at the pictures of the pre-series of the "Vera Cruz", that I have attached.
Bothe models will apear in only one version - as build.
The selling price for the "Vera Cruz" will be roughly 120,00 Euro, the price for the "Alta" will be around 35,00 Euro.
The production of the "Vera Cruz" was almost driving me mad and this is the reason, why the total amount of models is low - I ruined so many repair parts that at least only a small number of models could be created.
All in all the effort to produce these was very much like the one for the "Oslofjord" - aside that the cargo-handling on "Vera Cruz" was less work.
However, please let Your dealors know soon, in case You want to order.

Another bad news is, that I have to postpone the production of the probably most wanted of our models - the "New Zealand Star" of the Blue Star Line - perhaps to eternity as I seem to be unable to produce that fine ship and master.
I have not yet given up totally, but I am most frustrated with a second mould not working, too.

However, if You are interested in pictures of the old "Stockholm" in Portuguese hands as "Azores" you may use this hidden link to my website and watch my pictures there: The german cruise operator can be found here: This is the Portuguese Owner Portuscale Cruises:
who ons as well my alltime favorite "Funchal" as well as the old "Istra"
(now "Porto") and the "Lisboa" - formerly "Princess Danae". They realy seem to try with the beauty of old ships - a bold enterprise and and as I think very worth supporting.
The best for me on our trip - aside the companionship of my wife of course - was a visit on board of the "Funchal", from where I soon hope to be able to realize another web-album.
Seemingly a book about this best vessel still afloat was made by the owners, that I soon shall find.
Perhaps I can manage to order more copies in case, somebody is interested.
The book is said to be bi-lingual in English as well.
I do not yet have a price for it.

All the best from a sunny and over-blossomed München

Burkhard Schütt