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La Bella Lucia

It was built in 1881 in the shipyards of San Telmo, Las Palmas. It is one of the most historic schooners in Lanzarote. It devoted its earliest years to the insular navigation and later to the transport of passengers and goods to international destinations, particularly to Venezuela. So it is a boat with great prestige and reputation in the history of the emigration and trade in The Canary Islands.

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This part of the history is faithfully reflected in the film “Guarapo”, where “Bella Lucía” is playing a lead role.
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After 70 years of faithful service dedicated to different activities, because of a strong storm in the South of Gran Canaria, this boat ran aground in the old pier in Arrecife, Lanzarote and a new adventure began for this schooner.

Rocar company decided to buy and restore this ship with wood from the remains of other boats and so Bella Lucia starts to sail again.

By the late 70s, Bella Lucia was ahead of its time giving up its fishing and commercial activity to engage in a new economy little known in those days: Tourism.
It was bought by different adventurous entrepreneurs who wanted to devote themselves to the “Charter boats” but it did not culminate in success.

By the early 90s this impressive ship was abandoned and forgotten in the port of Puerto Naos. Master Tito, a professional shipwright, decided to make a last attempt to save it, before the schooner sank irredeemably.
“Bella Lucia” was ahead of its time giving up its fishing and commercial activity and to engage in a new economy little known in those days: Tourism.
Tito went to César Manrique, and they both worked to prevent this historical Canarian boat coming to an end.

César Manrique asked authorities to refloat the boat and put it next to Maestro Tito´s workshop so they could begin the reconstruction of the “Bella Lucia”; but this job did not start until Juan Francisco Rosa decided to purchase this schooner and he made all the financial means available to Maestro Tito so he could carry the restoration of the boat.

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Maestro Tito began his restoration work with effort and talent, but he was not been able to finish the job and after his death his nephew Freddy, Víctor and a group of collaborators completed the work.

So on 4th June 2002 this splendid boat sailed again.

In February 2015 “the Bella Lucia” arrived at Marina Lanzarote; there it was cleaned and was waiting for its new destination.
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