The Pithecia is a historic boat built in Britain c. 1890. She was originally a dredge that helped construct the port of Manaus on the Rio Negro. She was later used as a dredge on the Yavari River, under the name “Kan-Kan Ira” collecting sand for the construction of the airport in Tabatinga. In 2009 she was converted to a floating research station for the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, accommodating scientists and students during their studies on animals and plants of the rainforest.
Pithecia has always been a work boat, dredging ports, constructing towns, and now conducting research. Her efforts have helped build the Amazonian cities and towns, and now she helps conserve the Amazon rainforest.