52 ft 10 in
14 ft 4 in
The Xavega is a beach launched fishing boat, which had a crew of 46, 11 to each oar and 2 supernumeraries. A further 15 men and 20 oxen were employed ashore in hauling the net. There are no no four oared Xavega's working in Portugal, although a smaller 2 oared boat is still in use, with 8 men on each oar.
Frame with plank covering, the Xavega is thought by archaeologists to be a descendant of the Phonecian craft that reached Portugal from the Eastern Mediterranean some 3,000 years ago.
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