21 Feb 2007 • 1,012 views
Marine Museum. Belem, Portugal
Royal stern ...
The stern of a Royal Barge (Bergantim Real) at the Marine Museum, Belem, Lisbon.
The inboard part of the oars is painted a dull red as is the small flag pole.
Enjoy a week with us in Portugal ... we're taking a break. my vfxyadded 24 Feb 2007
More information on the Museum's Website - Museu Marinha -
Built in 1778 as a Royal Barge for the Portuguese Royal Family.
Saving/preserving the vessel led to the awarded by the - World Ship Trust -
awarding an "International Maritime Heritage medal" in 1997. (For more details see the website)
At the museum are seven Royal Barges (details quoted from - this site -
- 1711. The Galeota Grande was built for the King João V. It has 40 oars which were pulled by two men each.
- c1750. The Galeota Pequena (the Small Barge). This barge which has 26 oars was in use until 1923.
- 1778. A barge built by order of Queen Maria I for Prince João, later King João VI. Equipped with 40 oars to be pulled by 80 men. It was last used in 1957.
- End of 18th century. Galeota da alfandega also known as the Custom's Barge. It has 12 oars.
- 1790. Saveira Doirada (the Golden Barge). Built by order of Queen Maria I for the use of Princess Charlota Joaquina. It has 14 oars.
- 1831. A 16 oar barge built for Prince Miguel. Was later transferred to the Ministry of Marine.
- 1862. King Luis cutter, 12 oars.
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