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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 11:54 pm 
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Hello,

I already posted in a dedicated seaplane forum, but iI tought of sharing this here too.
Some seaplane tender photos, used by PAN AM Boeing 314 clippers in the Horta harbour, Faial island, Azores. These are from two souvenir photos available in a local photographer's shop. The other is from the Life online photo archive, on Flickr.

They are dated from 1939, I think.

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There is another boat behind, that is very similar to the motorized boats built locally to connect the nearby island and used (used as tugs to smaller whalling boats) in the whale hunting.

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In anyone has some more info on these crafts, please post.

Incidently it is curious that the PAN AM seaplane operations in Brasil also had crafts with the same name, "panair", as can be seen here:

http://fotolog.terra.com.br/jban:511

http://fotolog.terra.com.br/jban:1866

From these I tought that maybe the boat used in the Horta harbour could have originated from Brasil, as the hull type is very different from the boats built in the Azores at that time. Another origin could be an american design ( and possibly built in a local shipyard?), maybe from US Navy origin and used in American seaplane operations, as I have found a similar type, built for the military, altough dated from 1951.

http://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk ... /steadfast

However, I didn't find yet any photo that could prove this. Anyone can identify the tug? is it a military design, specially made?

Many thanks,

G_Mendes


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 7:40 am 
PAN american AIR ways=PANAIR plus an ID LETTER OR NUMBER I think 1 remember reading some where that tenders were local sourced where possible to a standard designfor safe passenger transfer;save money shipping


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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2012 1:20 pm 
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Very obscure, very cool. Thx for posting.


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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2012 10:49 pm 
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davidgalcock wrote:
PAN american AIR ways=PANAIR plus an ID LETTER OR NUMBER I think 1 remember reading some where that tenders were local sourced where possible to a standard designfor safe passenger transfer;save money shipping


Thanks!

Some more images of the azores support crafts, from the Life Photos:

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/0d ... ef709.html

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/43 ... 759e3.html


In Lisbon, we can see at left the top of the boat cabin.
http://images.google.com/hosted/life/06 ... ba29e.html


in a ebay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1943-PAN-AM-CLI ... 0647264014

Some enlarged detail views:

The tug:
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The boat:

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Detail from the Lisbon suport craft

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I also find a page that seems to show this last type:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1562505

G_Mendes


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