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13th January, 2013

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Saga Sapphire arrived in the morning twilight and was all fast the berth just before the first rays of sunrise skipped across the surface of the Atlantic to bathe the port in an orange glow.

The weather was going to be fine once again, more sunshine to replenish the vitamin D levels for our passengers.

Unlike Saga Sapphire, Gadifer de la Salle sailed past Gran Canarias in 1403 and it wasn’t until 1478 that Europeans actually landed in the area, naming it Real de Las Palmas.

Las Palmas was well established by 1492 when Columbus was sailing to the Americas, Las Palmas was fairly well established. According to history, Columbus supposedly stopped here for repairs before continuing on his journey.

Las Palmas prospered from the Spanish conquest and following the transatlantic trade. Sir Francis Drake and various other pirates targeted the island for its treasures around this time. The fortunes of the city fluctuated until the end of the 19th century when it stabilised due to the British influence and it was the British that introduced telephone exchange, electricity companies and the first water mains.

Making the most of the sunshine, it was an hour after sunset before Saga Sapphire made for sea on a north-easterly course towards Lanzarote.

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