Definition Of caravel

noun

a small, fast Spanish or Portuguese sailing ship of the 15th–17th centuries.

Square-rigged sails were particularly effective on the lighter ships known as caravels , which is why the Nina and Pinta were apt choices for Columbus's first voyage.

Example Of caravel

  • Its tall twin bell towers were the first sign of port for the caravels making the long voyage from Lisbon, Africa or Macau.

  • Nine years later his caravels were wrecked at Puerto Bueno - the present Dry Harbour.

  • One theory has it as the hulk of a Portuguese caravel wrecked here in the 1560s.

  • Square-rigged sails were particularly effective on the lighter ships known as caravels , which is why the Nina and Pinta were apt choices for Columbus's first voyage.

  • The even skin of the carvel hull enabled shipwrights to cut gunports close to the waterline.


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