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Portuguese Carrack Santa Maria da Boa Viagem . Santa Maria da Boa Viagem (Saint Mary of the Good Journey), a portuguese carrack crossing the Atlantic seas. . Santa Maria da Boa Viagem (Saint Mary of the Good Journey), a portuguese carrack crossing the Atlantic seas. THIS IS AN HISTORICAL RECREATION For those who are not familiar with carracks (from Wikipedia): A carrack or nau was a three or four masted sailing ship developed in 15th century Western Europe for use in the Atlantic Ocean. It had a high rounded stern with large after-castle, forecastle and bowsprit at the stern. It was first used by the Portuguese and Spanish to explore and map the world. It was usually square-rigged on the foremast and mainmast and lateen-rigged on the mizzenmast. Carracks were ocean-going ships: large enough to be stable in heavy seas, and roomy enough to carry provisions for long voyages. They were the ships in which the Portuguese and the Spanish explored the world in the 15th and 16th centuries. In Portugal this type was called 'nau', while in Spanish it is called 'carraca' or 'nao' . In French it was called a 'caraque' or 'nef'. As the forerunner of the great ships of the age of sail, the carrack was one of the most influential ship designs in history; while ships became more specialized, the basic design remained unchanged throughout the Age of Sail. Also, they were used as trading ships, therefore they did not had a high number of guns and the crew was not entirely composed of soldiers. They used to have less guns so that they could transport more spices and treasures. Portuguese flag from the reign of D. Manuel I (1469-1521), one of the most important portuguese kings from the Age of Discoveries, so we can place the carrack around the year 1500. Also the ship's deck may be removed to show the interior details, with guns being fired... ... and a small kitchen, with rum barrel and also kitchen equipment. The same happens with the captain's cabin, which has a piano, a meeting table with a map, a monocle and some other details. Just a final and artistic photo to finish the MOC: Hope you enjoyed, please rate and comment!


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