Photographer's Note

In the recovery project of the Royal Customs and Museum dedicated to the tradition of shipbuilding in Vila do Conde, is a valuable complement to the construction of the replica of a Nau.

In addition to an important element of tourist and recreational attraction, has an educational role, therefore constructed with the greatest respect for scientific research the responsibility of Admiral Rogério de Oliveira, incorporates the ancestral knowledge of the carpenters and caulkers of vilacondenses yards.

The Portuguese ship of the sixteenth century was a round vessel, high board, with a ratio of 3: 1 between the length and the maximum width, three or four covered, outboard and stern castles, with three two floors, respectively, whose architecture integrates seamlessly in the hull; was flying three masts, the great and the foresail with cloth round , and the mizzen with Latin cloth.

The ship , so conceived , satisfied a greater need for cargo capacity than known before the Portuguese navigators . The trips to India were so long, that forced the ships to transport large amounts of solid and liquid food to sustain the crew, especially since the route was necessary long periods of navigation without seeing the coast or any points of support. Was accompanied by the commercial factor: the spice trade meant carrying a valuable cargo, but bulky, requiring spaces suitable for wrapping. The all answered the ship, with its bulbous hull, and large accommodation capacity .

In order to show the complexity of the organization of travel, the Nau shows the pilot's cabin and cartographer, cartographic materials , instruments and navigation techniques , kitchen and utility room , looking elucidate the complexity and the vicissitudes of life on board.

testing new gear.. (not bad :))

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Additional Photos by Rui de Camposinhos (ruisc_pt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1819 W: 126 N: 2808] (11544)
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