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Funchal Road

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The Funchal Road was a stretch of water off the coast of Madeira offering safe anchorage for ships taking on supplies before crossing the Atlantic.

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In Cook’s day, the waterfront of Funchal, the principal town on the island of Madeira, had no wharves or piers at which large vessels could dock. Ships had to anchor at the mouth of the bay in which Funchal was situated. This strech of water was protected from all winds except those blowing from south, which could drive ships onto the shore unless they were able move into the open sea.
 
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Created: 25 February 2004
Modified: 24 April 2004

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000356

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