I am fascinated for this ship, motive of proud and shame. This video tells her history.
A little resume. Professor Wladimir Besnard, founder of the Oceanograpic Institute of São Paulo University, launched the Idea of having a Ship for researches. Finally enginners of the Polytechinic School of S.Pailo University made the project and the ship was built in Norway. When finally ready in 1967, prof. Besnard wasn't alive and couldn't see his baby, and the ship received his name.
During his first trip, from Norway to Brazil, started the main purpose of her existence - made a series of researches, from Canary Isles to Cape Verde, crossing south Atlantic and in NE coast of Brazil, before reaching Santos and being officialy received by the University.
During the 1970's, many reseraches were made in Brazilian coast, and later, in 1980's started the trips to Antartica (once, due to a problem in the main motor, she dirft in Antartic seas, being rescued by the Chilean Navy)
The disaster: while moored in Santos a fire destroyed much of the ship. Since them, as University found it was too expensive to be put in back in service, she is abandoned.
Many ideas aroused: giving to the Museu do Mar (Sea Museum), to serve as a floating museum. Was given to Uruguay, who wanted her to use as their own reasearch ship, but our neighbours later regreted.
Unfortunately, she is abandoned, slowly rotten. She surely deserved a better final, even being sunked as an artificial reef would be a more honoured end to this ship