Tagus River Barges and Passenger Carriers

By John M. Kochiss, published May 1978


Throughout the ages the River Tagus, in Portugal, has spawned a multitude of different types of working sailing craft.  Most of these have now been forgotten or gone unrecorded. In the 1890s about a dozen types, other than fishing craft, appear to have been common and surprisingly nearly half of these types of barges, or fragata, can still be seen in some form or other.  The construction of these survivors from a past era are analysed and their work, traditions, and indeed a way of life, are described in some detail.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design

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