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.
This part of the history is faithfully reflected in the film “Guarapo”, where “Bella Lucía” is playing a lead role.
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.
It was bought by different adventurous entrepreneurs who wanted to devote themselves to the “Charter boats” but it did not culminate in success.
“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.
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.
So on 4th June 2002 this splendid boat sailed again.