• Gondola
  • Batea a coa de gambero
  • Vipera
  • Batea concordiese
  • Gondola
  • Mascareta
  • Sandolo buranelo
  • Gondola
  • Renaissance Gondola
  • Topa

The batela a coa de gambero (prawn-tailed batela) has unfortunately almost disappeared.

The name comes from the shape of the stern which does in fact like a prawn's tail, like those of many old Venetian boats.

In the many photographs of Venice and the lagoon at the end of the 19th century a great number of batele a coa de gambero can be seen.

Their size varies from about 8 to 11 metres, but they are all very elegant in shape.

From certain angles they remind one of Carpaccio's or Bellini's gondole.

The last examples of the batela a coa de gambero to be built had lost the elegance and harmony of line of the earlier ones with their low, slender hull, tapering stem, well rounded and flaring sides and the stern curving up like an oriental slipper.

This aesthetic falling-off is not an isolated case but has become quite usual whenever the making of a single object by a craftsman has given way to mass production.

It seems paradoxical, but the old working boat was built with care for its appearance, while the modern pleasure craft sacrifices everything to a deceptive functionality.

The structure was almost the same as that of the batela buranela.

The rubbing-strakes (falche) were reinforced by wooden knees fasyened onto the covering-boards, and to the deck near the stem and stern post.

They joined the stern-post with the characteristic hollow still to be found in the caorlina.

The batela a coa de gambero, was used for carrying both people and goods, as many 18th century engravings and paintings amply testify.

 



oak and larch wood, finishing with shellac

length 107.5 cm

scale: 1:10