Shri I. Jeyakumar, IRTS, Chairman of the
Mormugao Port Trust inaugurated a Mini Marine Museum on the first
floor of their Main Administrative Building on Saturday 1st September
2018, in the presence of Shri G.P. Rai, Dy. Chairman, Heads of
Departments, Officers and staff. The Mini Marine Museum ‘Heritage in MPT – Goa
waters’ is the brain child of Capt. Manoj Joshi, Dy.
Conservator of MPT.
MPT had salvaged the hull of Sunken
‘MS ENRENFELS’ in 2018 and few parts of the ship dating back to the
year 1943. These parts are on display at the Mini Museum set up at MPT. The
incident occurred during the World War II and is well recorded in
history. Portuguese ruled Goa was then under the attack by the
British Commandos of the Calcutta Light House and the identity of the enemy was
kept well under secrecy till the end of the World War. The operation
was code named ‘Operation Longshanks’. Three German Merchant Navy vessels
sheltered in the Port waters viz., MS EHRENFELS, MS
BRAUNFELS and MS DRACHENFELS were sunk in the attack. The research
inputs in the historical facts dating back to the World War II period were
submitted by Shri Sanjeev V. Sardesai, Hands-on-Historian.
These salvaged parts of the ship are
memoirs and an important part of Goan history during the World War II. The port
has taken the initiative to protect a part of Goa’s history during the World
War II by displaying them in the Museum. The Marine Museum, is attracting a lot
of interest and attention not only among the port staff and employees but also
from all the visitors and the Shipping fraternity members who visit the Main
Administrative building for their day to day matters. The Port Management will
add more historical articles of Marine importance to the Mini Marine Museum in
the near future and develop it into a full fledged Museum.