2020 – Argentina – La Plata – Plaza San Martin – Monument to General José de San Martín

2020 – Argentina – La Plata – Plaza San Martin – Monument to General José de San Martín
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Hey, we are in La Plata’s Plaza San Martin. Guess what, it has a Monument to General José de San Martín.

The bronze equestrian statue depicts General San Martin waving the flag. At his feet a woman (the grateful Republic) holds out a laurel wreath, next to a crest with the arms of Argentina.

The monument is a replica of the one in Boulogne-sur-Mer where San Martin died.

The monument was sculpted by Emile Allouard and architect G. Bouzy.

25 April, 1914, President Victorino de la Plaza inaugurated the monument in the center of the plaza. At that time the place was renamed “Plaza General San Martín”.

San Martín is regarded as a national hero of Argentina and Peru, and one of the Liberators of Spanish South America.

The Order of the Liberator General San Martín (Orden del Libertador General San Martín), created in his honor, is the highest decoration conferred by the Argentine government.

In 1848 San Martin moved to Boulogne-sur-Mer, a small city in northern France. He was almost blind and had many health problems because of his advanced age.
Shortly after receiving the news of the Argentine victory against the Anglo-French blockade, San Martin died at 3 AM 17 August 1850.

29 May, 1880,San Martín’s remains were repatriated to Argentina. The mausoleum was placed inside the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral. As San Martín was suspected of being a freemason, the mausoleum was placed in an expanded wing of the Cathedral.

covid 19 – Buenos Aires

covid 19 – Buenos Aires
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2020 – COVID-19 HAL Cruise – Bay of Panama – Brown Pelicans Flying Formation

2020 – COVID-19 HAL Cruise – Bay of Panama – Brown Pelicans Flying Formation
News Argentina
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27 March:
After travelling from Valparaiso, Chile with no port stops the Zaandam with the Rotterdam are pulling into the Bay of Panama. No idea how long the ships would wait to receive Panama Canal transit permission.

We had escorts including many Brown Pelicans.

Groups of Brown Pelicans fly low over the waves in single file, flapping and gliding in unison. Their feeding behavior is spectacular, as they plunge headlong into the water in pursuit of fish.

From Intl News service:
The Panama Canal Authority said two cruise ships carrying more than 1,800 passengers and crew — some infected with COVID-19 — stranded off the Central American country and hoping to reach port in Florida are waiting for the process to transit the canal is arranged.

The announcement came after the passengers received mixed signals about their fate. While Panamanian officials said they would let the two ships transit the Panama Canal, the cruise company said it had not been given official permission and Fort Lauderdale’s mayor said he didn’t want it to dock near his city as planned, at least without extensive precautions.

Panama’s Health Ministry announced it would allow the Zaandam at sea since leaving Argentina March 7, to transit the canal, though no passengers or crew would be allowed to disembark. The independent Panama Canal Authority also issued a statement saying it was preparing to "facilitate the transit of the Zaandam through the waterway.”

The canal authority released a statement saying the transit process of the Zaandam and the Rotterdam – a sister ship – had begun.

There were 248 Canadians among the ship’s 1,243 passengers and 586 crew before it reached Panama.

2020 – Buenos Aires – Puerto Nuevo

2020 – Buenos Aires – Puerto Nuevo
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The Port of Buenos Aires is operated by state-owned General Port Administration.
Known as Puerto Nuevo (New Port) it replaces the earlier 1897 opened Puerto Madero.

By 1907 Madero became insufficient to meet growing maritime traffic demands.

As a result Luis Huergo’s plans for staggered docks was approved in 1911, and work promptly began on the Puerto Nuevo (New Port) close to Puerto Madero.

The project directed by Richard Souldby Oldham, Walker & Co., was delayed by the scarcity of material and financing brought about by World War I.

It would ultimately require 15 years to complete finishing in 1925. The project included a breakwater, six docks, and made the port the largest in the southern hemisphere.

From World Cargo News:
01 Jul 2018:
June this year, Paceco España SA suspended payments and declared voluntary insolvency.