Although the most exciting shipwrecks ever found are large - such as the Vasa or the Mary Rose - most ships and boats built in the last 50 thousand years were comparatively quite small. But it was from this diversity of basic floating solutions that all larger vessels evolved.
Small craft are a cheap way to improvise, to attempt new solutions, to test new ideas, or to copy new technologies.
The study of small craft - both from a technical and an ethnographical viewpoint - is an important component of any study of the history of wooden shipbuilding.
Case Study: Boats of Portugal
This project was possible through the generous and competent support of Carlos Carvalho.