The Unfortunate Voyage of the San Carlo

By R. C. Anderson, published February 1946


Venetian men-of-war may not have ventured far from the Mediterranean but here Anderson relates the misfortunes of one such voyage. In 1758 three warships, commanded by Angelo Emo, sailed for Lisbon to escort returning merchantmen. After initial slow progress the wind picked up, causing them to overshoot their destination. This was the least of Emo’s troubles, as calamity upon calamity beset the ships and, having endured two months of terrible weather off the Portuguese coast, Emo finally made it into the Tagus. Fortunately the return voyage was accomplished in a relatively short time, with few incidents.

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Filed under: Mediterranean | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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