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Built in 1913, in the USA by the James Rees & Com., the Steam Boat Benjamin Guimarães it originally navigated the Mississippi River and then afterwards in the rivers of the Amazon basin. In the second half of the 20th, Julio Guimarães firm acquired the vessel and mounted in the port of Pirapora, receiving the name "Benjamin Guimaraes," a tribute to the patriarch of the family owning the firm. Since then the steam started to make continuous trips along the Rio San Francisco and some of its tributaries.

For several decades, the Benjamin Guimarães was used to transport cargo and passengers in the stretch Pirapora - Juazeiro, north of Bahia state, coming to navigate with hundreds of crew members on board who were divided into 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes, and have carried - during the Second World War - Brazilian Army troops bound for the coast of Pernambuco and Rio Grande do Norte to patrol the coast from where they embarked for Italy.

The Benjamin Guimarães has three floors: the first, is the engine room, boiler, bathrooms and an area to accommodate passengers. In the second, are installed 14 boxes and the third, a bar and covered area. The Benjamin Guimarães is the last unit moved of wood in the world. It seats 140 people, including crew and passengers and consumes 01 cubic meters of firewood per hour. According to the safety of the Navy, under the present conditions in which it is, the Vapor is allowed to navigate the so-called area 01: river, lake and stream that does not have waves or strong winds.

Today, Benjamin Guimarães routinely makes public tours on Sundays, from 9 am always full of tourists, mainly. Trips are also made occasional Saturdays and during the days of the week as leases that are made with companies and travel agencies, making it one of the main tourist attractions of the entire northern region of Minas Gerais state.

Source: www.pirapora.mg.gov.br

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