Cais do Carvão

Located in between the lido swimming pool and clubhouse Naval do Funchal (that was before Quinta Calaça), is the former Pier Wilson, now known as Cais do Carvão (Coal Wharf). The pier was built in 1903. From here many vapour-vessels passing were supplied with coal on their way through Funchal Read more…

Rota da Cal

We recently visited a new project on Madeira Island called Rota da Cal (Lime Route / Limestone Trail). Before I continue my story about it … I want to say … it is worth to visit the place. This project is a educational tourist attraction which is located in São Read more…

Dighton Rock coming to Madeira

A new Dighton Rock replica is in the making at Tillitson Pearson Inc. (TPI) in Warren, a quarter century after the first replica was created.

The replica, the fourth of its kind, symbolizes the theory of many Portuguese Americans that the Portuguese were the first to discover the New World, rather than Christopher Columbus. The theory, which was first conceived in 1918 by a psychologist at Brown University, has been affirmed and researched by retired physician and scholar, Bristol resident Dr. Manuel Luciano Da Silva.

After 40-plus years of researching the original Dighton Rock and the curious inscriptions carved on it, Dr. Da Silva is proud to be associated with the theory, and the replicas. With the first three scattered throughout Portugal, Dr. Da Silva hopes to have the new replica sent to Funchal, Madeira within the next few months.

Sending the replica to Madeira is fitting Dr. Da Silva said, because a carving on Dighton Rock mirrors the Cross of the Order of Christ on the Madeira flag.

If the 55 signers of the Declaration of the American Independence … drank Madeira wine to celebrate that historical event, it is very much appropriate that the Americans of today send a replica of an American monument, Dighton Rock, to Madeira as a gesture of friendship and thanks.

The 84-pound replica, which is made of fiberglass, is currently receiving its final touches. TPI has created and donated all four replicas.

(By Jerry Da Silva – East Bay RI)

But what is the Dighton Rock? And why sending a replica to Madeira? (more…)

The Epicenter of Madeira!

(By Manuel Luciano da Silva & Sílvia Jorge da Silva)

On May 2005, my wife and I spent six days in Madeira Island. We were enchanted by its people, by the marvelous panoramas, by so many thousands of flowers, and also by its monuments and works of art. It was a fantastic trip!

On the last day of our stay in Madeira, we went to the most historical place in Madeira, which is located in Funchal harbor. We visited the small island which is now called the Forte of São José da Pontinha.

It was our guide Mr. Renato Barros (high school teacher) who is the legal owner of this small fort. He took us to the top platform of the fort, from where we could see on the Atlantic side, a triangular anchor and steps carved by João Gonçalves Zarco and Tristão Vaz Teixeira, and their sailors after July 1st, 1419.

Due to the dense forest that Madeira presented itself in 1419, the new discoverers, without knowing the dangers that might exist inside the forest, they decided to build a cave inside of this small island and therefore creating a fort with a shelter. For several years this dock served for people to get into Madeira and also to leave it.

As I contemplated this triangular anchor and the steps on this small island, my brain went all over the world to recall small islands and famous places where man put his feet for the first time:

Archaeological findings

Thousands of fragments of ballistic pieces, ceramic and stone objects, metal and bone were found in the excavations conducted by CEAM (Centre of Studies of Modern and Contemporary Archaeology) in the Fort of São José which is situated by the pier of Funchal. In a public appearance a propos the Read more…