Short Story II: Ferryboat Alentejanense

Fiction:... José missed the 10h20 ferryboat by seconds, he was late for a doctor appointment. After waiting a few minutes at Cais do Sodré terminal, where he observed the other passengers attentively, watching their facial expressions, some open, some heavy, hearing whispers and the occasional laughter, the gates finally opened and he walked to the aged Alentejanense Ferryboat. With the boat moving in Tejo, and worried about the analysis results that we would hear from the doctor, José thought that he had the life that always wanted, full of happy moments with family, friends and lots of trips on the ferryboats, the best place to look at the city he always loved, Lisbon...

Reality: Built in 1957 in Viana shipyards, Alentejanense Ferryboat it's one of the most iconic elements in lisboans imaginary. With capacity for 375 passengers and 10 vehicles, the monohull boat was until the construction of Tejo bridge in 1966 one of the main means of transportation between the two shores.