04-Sep-2002 -- After having loaded bananas and melons yesterday at Natal (Rio Grande do
Norte), we continued our voyage to
the Rio de La Plata (Argentina).
Four hours prior the arrival at the confluence we had passed
Recife, the most important town in Northeastern Brazil.
The Brazilian coastline of the section around 9°S varies.
In the North part, from Tamandaré to the mouth of Rio Una the coast is high
and backed by
South of the river it is very low.
From Rio Una to the mouth of Rio Manguaba the coast becomes again higher,
again backed by hills, some of them brightly colored cliffs. Most of this
coast is backed by coconut groves.
A barrier fringes the coast at distances of 5 cables (abt
2,000 metres) to 3 nautical miles (abt 6 km). It dries in places and there
are numerous passages through it.
There are numerous fish in the area. Here we see a typical Brazilian
Pôrto de Pedras is situated on the mouth of Rio Manguaba and provides
anchorage for small craft only.