'The seagull' of the port loses its wings due to the works of the Fishing Dock

'The seagull' of the port loses its wings due to the works of the Fishing Dock

The small building located at the entrance to the Fishing Dock of the port of Las Palmas, reference for those who knew the enclosure in the last 60 years and known as 'the seagull', has been demolished as a result of the works that are being carried out in the area to improve access.

From 'the seagull', under whose wings were located two weights that witnessed the transit of all the fishing fleets that have passed through the port of Las Palmas, there is nothing left. Only two buildings that were next to this structure in the shape of two moving wings and that house the port communications and electrical connections have been respected.

The structure of 'la gaviota' was devised in the 60s by the civil engineer José Luis Ramos Mesplé, who was then in charge of Works and Projects at the port of Las Palmas. As the former director of the Las Palmas Port Authority, José María Hernández, recalls, the two flaps were installed on the scale to prevent those who weighed the catches from getting wet on rainy days. "There were two weights, one on each side, and on them everything that was unloaded to La Luz from the Russian, Japanese, Korean, Cuban fleets was weighed...", he recalls.

Hernández regrets that the structure has been demolished and has not been moved to another part of the port, as was done on one occasion. “It was a brave design that was the history of the port and everything possible should have been done to maintain this structure that is part of the industrial archeology of this island.«, indica.

In his words, Ramos Mesplé was a "genius", capable of creating a structure in the air that was standing for 60 years without a single crack appearing, which was one of the concerns of engineers due to its design difficulty. . «It was a unique, courageous and representative work of the port. It's a shame it didn't stick.", says Hernández, who recalls that during his time as director of the port, different elements that had to be removed due to the growth of the port area were 'saved'. In this sense, the titan crane stands out, which today shines in the surroundings of the Santa Catalina pier. He also points to the replica that was made of the canopy where Alfonso XII disembarked and that can also be seen today in Santa Catalina. "Before there was more civil conscience than now," he concludes.