Monday the 17th of March 2003- Day 27. Saint Patricks Day
For example, Auditorio de Belgrano has a concert
on Saturday night, Centro Borges has a series of concerts. Short ceremony at the Cathedral Monday 17 at 11.30, followed by ditto at Admiral Brown’s monument. Mass Monday evening 19.30 in Holy Cross Church in the south of the city, Estados Unidos y Urquiza, followed by social evening.
Admiral William Brown
A naval officer of the Republic of Argentina, b. 1777, in the County Mayo, Ireland; d. 3 May, 1857, in Buenos Aires.
His family emigrating to America in 1786, Brown shipped as a cabin boy on a vessel sailing from Philadelphia. During the war between France and England his ship, an English merchantman, was captured by a French privateer and he was made prisoner of war. He escaped to England, where, in 1809, he married a lady of good family and education. He re-entered the ocean trade with a ship of his own, which was wrecked on the coast of South America. Here he established the first regular packet service between Buenos Aires and Montevideo.
In the revolt of Buenos Aires against Spain the insurgents appointed Brown, February, 1814, to the command of a squadron of seven ships. With these he achieved wonders. On St. Patrick’s Day he captured the fort of Martin Garcia, called “The Gibraltar of the La Plata”, compelling nine Spanish men-of-war under Admiral Romerate to retire. Later, at Montevideo, which capitulated 20 June, he captured several Spanish men-of-war. These he took to Buenos Aires, and received the rank of admiral.
In 1816 Admiral Brown sailed round the Horn to succor the new republics on the western coast, but his expedition was only partly successful. Ten years later, when war ensued between the new republic and Brazil, Admiral Brown greatly distinguished himself against tremendous odds in the blockade of Buenos Aires, which he succeeded in breaking. Taking the offensive he scoured the coast as far as Rio de Janeiro. His most brilliant victory was the battle of Juncal, 24 February, 1827, when, with seven ships and eight one-gun launches, he destroyed a fleet of seventeen war-vessels under Admiral Pereira. He acted as Argentine Commissioner when, at the close of the war, the liberty of Buenos Aires was guaranteed by the treaty of Montevideo 4 October, 1827.
After a visit to his native land, Admiral Brown spent his last years in the republic in the founding of which he had been such a powerful factor. He died in Buenos Aires 3 May, 1867, and in the Recolta cemetery a lofty column marks his resting-place.
Tuesday the 18th of March 2003- Day 28.
Nothing done today as we only finished up at 7.00am the next morning.Met Ronan and Rory at 8.00pm in the Druids Inn. Drank until 3.00am. Good craic. Met a mad South African, whom we had met on Saint Patricks Night.
Wednesday the 19th of March 2003- Day 29.
Nothing to note hee. Walked down to the docks area. Early night. A bit of a cold. Watched CNN re war preparations. Got a bag of laundry done close to the hotel for 5P.
<Thursday the 20th of March 2003- Day 30.
Booked ferry tickets to Colonia Price was 71 p with return tickets, meal, bus tour and english guide just for me. Colonia was founded in 1680 by Portuguese settlers who valued its proximity to Buenos Aires 50 km. across the Rio de la Plata. They used Colonia as a base for their contraband while trying to undercut the Spanish monopoly on trade. One of the major sights in Colonia is the riverside fortress which was built to protect the Portuguese from the many Spanish attacks over the decades. Spain eventually captured the city in 1762 but in 1777 the Viceroyalty of the River Plate was established allowing goods to proceed directly into Buenos Aires and causing Colonia’s commercial importance to die. Colonia is an extremely friendly town and has a historic neighborhood in its core that consists of narrow cobbled streets and old whitewashed colonial buildings that are situated next to the river.
Anyway also went to the bus station by METRO (station Retiro) and booked a ticket for Pen?nsula Valdés in the South. Ticket was 81 P . Duration of trip is 18 hours. Ticket for 12.45pm for Saturday the 22nd. Arrive the 23rd at 9.50am in the morning. So soon leaving BA, and I will be sorry to do so.
Celtic go throught. They won 2-0 tonight (3-1 Aggregate). Notmy picture, obviously. (20-03-2003)