The Port of Seville exhibits its graphic history at Fundación Cajasol

02 June 2021

The president of the Port Authority of Seville, Rafael Carmona; that of State Ports, Francisco Toledo; and that of the Cajasol Foundation, Antonio Pulido, today inaugurated the exhibition 'Graphic History of the Port of Seville' in the Murillo room. The exhibition, which will remain open to the public until June 30, takes us on a journey into the evolution of the docks through the testimony of more than 150 photographs and 30 items of port heritage, with the aim of embarking the visitor on a journey through history from the American port to the XXI century.

"With this exhibition we want to invite the people of Seville to take a walk through the city through its old port docks: the Salt, New York, Delicias, erc. and also for what in the future will be a city: the Tablada dock," said the president of the Port Authority. In this sense, Rafael Carmona has described the new urban port district as a "space in which history, heritage and architecture will coexist with water, creativity, culture, sport, gastronomy, tourism and innovation. All of this while maintaining the true essence of the port in the dock, sheds and ships".

Likewise, Rafael Carmona has stated that "Seville cannot be understood without the history of its port. This link determines the economic and urban development of the city because the Port has been and is the protagonist of the modernization and the great transformations of Seville". Then, the president recalled great works of the early and mid-twentieth century that have shaped the urban landscape such as the Alfonso XIII Canal, the first lock or the closure of Chapina.  

For his part, Francisco Toledo recalled that "The history of Spain is intimately linked to the sea and its ports, so I believe it is our obligation to open the ports to the cities, share spaces and experiences, publicize our heritage, and value the importance of ports as engines of our economy and territorial cohesion".

On the other hand, the president of the Cajasol Foundation has stated that "when it is 150 years since the birth of the institution that completely transformed the port facilities, it is a good time to review its history and its fundamental contribution to the development of Seville. The exhibition that we are honored to organize, together with the Port Authority, also aims to promote a closer relationship between the people of Seville and the most industrial and productive side of the river".

Antonio Pulido added that "After the delays imposed by the pandemic and when we are finally entering the long-awaited phase of economic recovery, the celebration of this anniversary reminds us, in short, that our land has one of its most strategic sectors for the new economic model that is opening up".

The Port's legacy

"Graphic History of the Port of Seville" presents photographs and graphics, especially from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These illustrate the port activity next to the Torre del Oro, where the ship and the railroad coincide; the old piers and docks; the change from sailing to steam; or different views from Triana and the Paseo de las Delicias, among many other scenes.

In addition, the images document key milestones in the transformation of the Port, such as the construction of the Alfonso XIII Canal and the Tablada, Nueva York and Delicias docks; the work on the locks; the enclosure of Chapina or the acquisition of the Fairbain heavy-duty crane at the beginning of the 20th century.

The exhibition also displays unique pieces of port heritage, mainly from the historical archive and the museum of the Port of Seville. The oldest are the Record of Confirmation of Charles III for the appointment of public notaries for the brokers of the wholesale fish market and commerce, from 1760; and the Treasurer's Data of the Consulate of Seville that records the expenses of the Corta de la Merlina, from 1794.

The tour is completed with models of ships and tools for navigation. On display is a model of the Real Fernando, the first steamship built in Spain in the Los Remedios shipyard in Triana; of the Guadalquivir dredge and of ships built in the Seville shipyards. Also, a tide gauge of the first lock; models of cranes; and two binnacles, of the dredges Guadaíra (1900) and Broa (1907), with the magnetic compass inside that allows to maintain the course in navigation.

Among the original plans, the exhibition presents a detailed plan of the Guadalquivir by Canuto Corroza from 1857; of Isla Mínima from 1888; and the plan of warehouses 4 and 5 of the Avenida de las Razas from 1927, signed by José Luis de Casso.

Finally, along the tour the visitor can enjoy three audiovisuals. One, on the major projects that were planned around the river between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to improve navigation, such as the cuts of the Merlina in Coria del Rio and Borrego (or Fernandina), upstream of Isla Menor. The second, on the life and people on the docks at the beginning of the 20th century; and third, to delve into the current port and its multimodal logistic platform.

The exhibition will be open until June 30, from Monday to Saturday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

This action is part of the calendar of activities that the Port Authority of Seville has launched to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Works Board of the Guadalquivir River and the Port of Seville. Last November 25 was the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Royal Decree that gave the green light to the constitution of this body, the seed of the current Port Authority of Seville. Months later, on January 9, 1871, it was formally constituted, as can be seen in the official minutes exhibited in the "Graphic History of the Port of Seville”.

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