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Caravela Boa Esperança (Caravel Boa Esperança)


Caravela Boa Esperança (Caravel Boa Esperança)


Built in 1990 for the commemorations of the Portuguese Discoveries, the caravel Boa Esperança is a faithful replica of the 16th century caravels used by Prince Henry the Navigator and the Portuguese sailors on their voyages of discovery across the Atlantic Ocean and along the coast of Africa.

Built in maritime pine, oak and eucalyptus, the vessel is 23.8 metres long with a mast rising to 18 metres in height and a diesel engine with a maximum speed of 10 knots.

It was aboard a caravel like this one that, in 1434, the Lagos-born navigator and explorer Gil Eanes rounded Cape Bojador, also spelled Cape Boujdour, whose Arabic name, Abū Khaar, means “the father of danger”.

The Boa Esperança is currently docked in Lagos Marina.


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