A memorial to the great Portugese sailor and navigator Vasco da Gama was unveiled at Malindi, Kenya, Oct 30 by visiting Vice-Premier of Portugal, Dr.
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CV Dr. Pereira greets marine officers.
SV Marines at present.
MV Pereira unveils memorial.
MV Pereira unveils street sign 'Ibn Madjid Street'.
MV Pereira presented with model of dhow.
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Background: A memorial to the great Portugese sailor and navigator Vasco da Gama was unveiled at Malindi, Kenya, Oct 30 by visiting Vice-Premier of Portugal, Dr. Pedro Pereira. Da Gama visited Malindi - about 80 miles north of Mombasa - on his way to India. british Royal Marines arrived for the ceremony in a landing craft from H.M.S. Dieppe.
The Memorial, erected by Portugese citizens in East Africa and well-wishers, takes the form of a sail on a tall column. At Malindi, Da Gama found a pilot to take him to India - the renowned Ahmed Ibn Majid, said to be the greatest pilot of his day and author of a treatise on navigation of the Indian Ocean.
Pereira named a street at Malindi after Ibn Majid; and received a model "dhow", the name given to boats along the East African coast. Dhows were regular vessels employed in the slave trade from this coast.