The historic photos in this blog are also courtesy of Tiago, the Manager of the Porto das Flores Marina - thank you again Tiago.
They show the development of the port in stages over the years from a small whaling station and fishing port with a quay for docking small boats to a port with a substantial breakwater for docking ferries and freighters and container ships to, as of 2010, port with a separate protected marina
not so calm
waiting for the passenger ship
passenger ship almost anchored
Ships had to anchor off at this stage of development and cargoes and passengers brought ashore by small boats
the passengers arrive by shuttle boat
Work starts on the main breakwater
enabling ships to dock alongside for the first time
The new breakwater
The breakwater at night
Portos das Lajes in 2012, complete with marina - and Dutch Link moored inside the protected marina breakwater.
the port has come a long, long way since the original whaling station/ fishing port in terms of safe mooring