Gil Eannes

Gil Eannes

Gil Eannes

The Gil Eannes Hospital Ship, built in Viana do Castelo in 1955, supported the cod fleet that worked on the shores of Terra Nova and Greenland for decades. At the end of that time, the ship was moored at the Lisbon pier.

In 1998, a reconversion and restoration project financed by the Gil Eannes Foundation and supported by a large part of Viana’s civil society rescued it, brought it to Lima and transformed it, since then, into a museum, cultural and maritime center, providing visitors with an unforgettable experience.

That Foundation has a fundamental work of dissemination and management, which allows it to continue the project. It has administrative and financial assistance, maintenance and security, as well as marketing and promotion.

The strategic location of the Gil Eannes, right on the pier of Viana, with the cultural center and Jardim da Marina just next door (and with the historic center very close) makes this boat a symbol and an attraction for locals and visitors.



Commercial Dock. Viana do Castelo.


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Gil Eannes

Information of interest

Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Guided tours, educational and museum activities upon reservation. Single ticket €4’5, family €10 (2 adults with up to four children up to 16 years old) Up to 6 years old, free. Shop (fishing books, history, textiles and scriptures) and virtual tour.

Contact: 00351 258 809 710 // geral@fundacaogileannes.pt. // Naviogileannes on social networks.


Much of the bibliography on fishing and the cod tradition, present in the ship’s store.

De Carvalho, A. (2014) Navio Gil Eannes. Caderno Vianenses, 41, 2008, 93-103.

Mendes Dias, T. (2020, Público) Atracado a um passado épico, o navio Gil Eannes já recebeu um milhão de visitas. Consult online and available at: https://www.publico.pt/2020/01/05/local/noticia/atracado-passado-epico-navio-gil-eannes-ja-recebeu-milhao-visitas-1898993

Official website. Available at: www.fundacaogileannes.pt.



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