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Anyone familiar with Rees & Sons or the "Benjamim Guimar„es" ?

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Old 04-18-2016, 01:28 AM
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Default Anyone familiar with Rees & Sons or the "Benjamim Guimar„es" ?

I've just got a request for help and information from a student in Brazil. She's researching the history of the "Benjamim Guimar„es", a steamboat built by Rees & Sons probably in 1913 which amazingly is still existing and running on the San Francisco River in Brazil. So this immediately caught my attention, of course.

Is anyone familiar with Rees & Sons and has any documentation about this specific boat?

I have Jerry Sutphin's reprint of the Rees & Sons catalogue from 1913 but the only information I can find in there is two pictures with the capture "Fleet of Sternwheelers designed and constructed by this Firm, assembled at Para, Brazil" and these boats look pretty similar to the "Benjamim Guimar„es".

I would be great to positively identify the "Benjamim Guimar„es" and find out more about when exactly she has been built and whether she was designed especially for Brazil. It seams that the boat has probably been built in 1913 but then the next fact available is that she's been bought by "Amazon River Plate Company" in the 1920s --so I'm trying to fill that gap of about ten years in her history ...

By the way, here is a recent video (from 2012) of the boat:

Thanks for any help or hints in the right direction!
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