The late sculptor named John Oliveira Vieitez tudense (creator of the sculpture of horses in the Plaza of Spain in Vigo, inter) told me in the early 90, rock on Friday Fradera, the first network of urban public lighting in Gerona Spain opened in 1886, and soon after 1896, second, en Tuy (Pontevedra), and by the local power company.
Some research, I have found that in the year 1889 a contract from the City of Bilbao appears ” Thomson Houston Internacional Electric Company” install 46 arc lights on public roads. And that in 1891 was put electricity back on the steps of City Hall Bilbao, and gradually it spread use, in constant rivalry with the gaslight until the early twentieth century.
At cited, City may Tui would be third in the ranking, but certainly, not surprising that a small town was innovative in these areas.
But this article is not about electricity, but the Navy ship that lives in that city, the famous "Cabo Fradera".
This vessel of Maritime Action Ships, is the only ship of its kind and is the only river patrol Navy. It is also the second oldest ship in service, after training ship “Juan Sebastián Elcano”.
The "Cape Fradera" is moored at the dock belonging to the Naval Command Miño, located in "the very noble and loyal" city of Tui, and serves on the day 10 September of 1963, year that replaced the gunboat of the same name, that remained from Tui 1928 up 1963, year he was dropped from the Official List of Ships of the Navy. The "new" was transported to the Vigo ship Transport “Almirante Lobo”.
The new "Fradera" was built by Empresa Nacional Bazán at its factory in the Carrack (Cádiz), has a length of 17m., a sleeve of 4 m., and moves 28 tons. Its main mission is to contribute to the regulation of public use and maintain the navigability of the International Section of the Miño River and to preserve and protect national interests by ensuring compliance “Treaty of Limits” signed between Spain and Portugal. Among its main tasks the monitoring and control of fishing activities is, hunting and sporting, in the Minho, by vessels and individuals of any nationality.
The Internal Security Patrol “Cabo Fradera” is named in honor of the Cabo de Mar Esteban Fradera i Bohigas, Callao hero, who died heroically in the revolt occurred during the stay in the port of Callao (Peru) the Spanish fleet in February 1865. Itthe 5 February of that year, following the signing of peace between Spain and Peru, with harsh conditions, finally given permission to the crews of Spanish ships to go ashore at the port of Callao. The situation was not ripe yet for peace and a group of exalted faced marine, and the subsequent uproar, one end of the Catalan Sea (Although Sea) Frigate "Resolution ", Esteban Fradera, was stoned to death by the mass. Before that he defended himself killing three civilians and wounding four others. The Government of Peru, before the Spanish protest, punished the guilty and gratified to the family of the deceased to the amount of 6.000 pesos.
But back to today, the ship's complement consists 7 men and women. En total son 1 official, 2 NCOs, 1 out first and 3 ends / sailors. The ship conducted surveillance of the International Section of the Miño River approximately 140 days a year, intensifying surveillance between the months of December and April, periods when fishing seasons are made of glass eels and lamprey.
Finally, note that this ship is fully integrated in Tui, and its people are proud to be able to host it. I assure, because I experienced it when I was stationed at the "Cape Fradera".