INDEX: Replica Ships — Vera Cruz
Posted 23 July 2012 - 01:00 PM
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I've visited Vera Cruz in the last few days and as there is basically no material from ships of this period neither in the internet nor in books — plans weren't used to build them, in the very least — I thought it would be interesting to have some detailed photos of an accurate replica for anyone interested in building caravels.
By accurate I mean that the proportions and shapes were kept. She does have a motor — it is necessary due to legislation, for maneuvering in the harbour — and the old capstan, for instance, isn't working. Still she is quite interesting because it is not easy to build a replica of a vessel as old as this one. Caravels started their oceans trips circa 1450, which gives them more than 500 years of history.
Instead of resizing all the photos I decided to upload them in higher quality — about 3500x2600 — to this brickshelf folder where the interested can see them.
A ship is floating in the harbour now,
The wind is hovering o'er the mountain's brow;
There is a path on the sea's azure floor,
No keel has ever ploughed that path before
(Percy Bysshe Shelley)
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