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by Archaeology Newsroom

The boats of the Greek lakes and lagoons

The boats of the Greek lakes and lagoons are primitive devices barely complying to the rules of shipbuilding .

The builders of these craft, carpenters, peasants or fishermen, have no essential experience of the sea. As a result, the form of the boats they build is perfectly adjusted to the almost calm waters of the lakes, the short distances, the motion on shallow water and swampy areas, among thickets of cane and densely grown aquatic plants. Thus, the boats of the Greek lakes almost always have a flat bottom, which is raised and attenuated towards the prow and stem. These features facilitate their motion, improve their speed and make their manoeuvring easier.

The method employed for building these vessels is the traditional one, which has remained unchanged from antiquity until today. Therefore, the product has the same, old, standard form unaffected by any evolution. Their builders exercise their ability so far as to create simple, functional boats, deprived of any concave parts, which, needless to say, demand a specific knowledge and experience in order to be made and matched.