Wednesday, May 6, 2009


I am fascinated with an ancient fishing vessel, the Sanpierotta. It's a beautiful design from the days of working sailboats.
Research has produced little, however. But I thought I'd share a site I found, called Arzana. The site is still under construction, but what there is, you may find interesting.
In addition to the Sanpierota, there is a work boat named Sandolo. These boats were originally powered by sail and apparently built dory fashion.

The oarlocks (Forcole or "crutch") for these boats are a work of art, made for a standing rower who faces forward. There are also some very unique oars, each different from the other.

Hopefully, I will find more about these traditional fishing boats from Venice.


Grandpa Michael said...

For your reference, Venetian boats are covered in sequential articles in WoodenBoat Nos. 152 and 153. Venice is a great place to visit.

Michael Hayden

doryman said...

Thanks Michael!
I was hoping someone would come forward...