seaplane tenders Boeing 314 Azores

There are a host of marine craft, both military and civilian, that have been designed or converted to serve the needs of flying boats; tenders, refuellers, cargo craft to name a few. Here is the place to post photo's, plans & drawings, in-fact anything appertaining to these craft.

seaplane tenders Boeing 314 Azores

Postby GMendes » Fri May 18, 2012 12:31 am

Hello,

Some seaplane tender photos, used by PAN AM Boeing 314 clippers in the Horta harbour, Faial island, Azores. These are from two souvenir photos available in a local photographer's shop. The other is from the Life online photo archive, on Flickr.

They are dated from 1939, I think.

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There is another boat behind, that is very similar to the motorized boats built locally to connect the nearby island and used (used as tugs to smaller whalling boats) in the whale hunting.

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In anyone has some more info on these crafts, please post.

Incidently it is curious that the PAN AM seaplane operations in Brasil also had crafts with the same name, "panair", as can be seen here:

http://fotolog.terra.com.br/jban:511

http://fotolog.terra.com.br/jban:1866

From these I tought that maybe the boat used in the Horta harbour could have originated from Brasil, as the hull type is very different from the boats built in the Azores at that time. Another origin could be an american design ( and possibly built in a local shipyard?), maybe from US Navy origin and used in American seaplane operations, as I have found a similar type, built for the military, altough dated from 1951.

http://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk ... /steadfast

However, I didn't find yet any photo that could prove this.

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Re: seaplane tenders Boeing 314 Azores

Postby GMendes » Tue May 29, 2012 6:09 am

I posted this on other forums, and post them here too, where my interest started.

Some more images of the azores support crafts, from the Life Photos:

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/0dec38ad275ef709.html

http://images.google.com/hosted/life/43df16471a7759e3.html


In Lisbon, we can see at left the top of the boat cabin.
http://images.google.com/hosted/life/06519bd3c46ba29e.html


in a ebay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1943-PAN-AM-CLIPPER-PORT-HORTA-AZORES-PHOTO-/200647264014

Some enlarged detail views:

The tug:
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The boat:

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Detail from the Lisbon suport craft

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Looks like this :

http://www.classicadshop.com/product...s.php5?id=2971

http://www.classicadshop.com/product...s.php5?id=1451

(from here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost ... stcount=18 ; http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthre ... st21739236)

I think this one is of the same type:

Pan Am boat at pontoon pier at the Seaplane Base, Noumea
http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/...ases2-p200.jpg

(from here: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/.../bases-24.html )


On another forum, I learned that the "PANAIR" was from the PAN american AIR ways= plus an ID LETTER OR NUMBER, and that probably boats were local sourced where possible to a standard design for safe passenger transfer and save money on shipping
(from here: http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=102877&p=490800#p490200 )

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Re: seaplane tenders Boeing 314 Azores

Postby GMendes » Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:17 pm

This is identified as a Wheeler built. As other boats, it is possible that the hull was made from a Wheller hull design, with a cabin from Pan Am specifications/project.

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