In November 2014, we made our first visit to Lisbon, and my love of ships as a subject for pictures took us to the Maritime Museum in the Belem area, home also to the Monument of the Discoveries mentioned in a previous blog of October 2016.The museum houses a vast collection of paintings and models of ships including this one of the Dom Fernando II e Gloria.
Stamps and envelopes have been incorporated in this collage with the sky painted in watercolour and the rigging ink and pencil. As always, finding a crew was an interesting challenge!This fully rigged ship built of teak in India in 1843 was the last frigate of the navy. On her maiden voyage from Goa to Lisbon in 1845 she was armed with 18 guns. She was used for transporting cargo, troops, passengers and "deportees to Angola and Mozambique". She was also used as a Naval artillery school and school of seamanship from 1865 until 1937. She was partially destroyed by a fire in 1963 when she was the HQ of a children's home. In 1990 rebuilding commenced, to be completed in 1998, and she can now be visited near Aveiro. I hope to be able to do this one day!
I discovered that the Dom Fernando II e Gloria also features on Portuguese stamps issued in 1997.