An Unusual Portuguese Fishing Boat

By Paul Johnstone and A. F. Tilly, published February 1976

Abstract

The “saverio a arte de xavega” or “barco do mar” is a 55 foot traditional Portuguese fishing craft, propelled solely by oars and without any steering oar or rudder. Its relatively primitive design suggests descent from ancient Mediterranean vessels.   The authors provide a detailed description of the construction methods for these craft, based on observation and interviews with the only remaining builder, and also discuss some of the saverio’s unusual design and operating features.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

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