Saturday, May 16, 2009

Public Water Transport, Lisbon

Date of Issue: May 22, 1989
Scott #: 1781

Many thanks to Mr. Manuel Moreira from Silves, south of Portugal for sending me this beautiful souvenir sheet.

This souvenir sheet was issued along with a set of four stamps in the series - Public Transportation, Lisbon.

In this sheet is depicted Cacilheiros - boats that connect the two banks of the River Tagus.

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Once these boats shuttled from Lisbon to Cacilhas, Seixal, Montijo, and Trafaria. All these boats belonged to the company - Transtejo e a Soflusa. Until the construction of the bridge over the Tagus (inaugurated on August 06, 1966), these boats were the only link between the two shores of the River Tagus and are now replaced by modern catamarans.

Some of these old boats have been restored and reused for work, such as restaurant.

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