Culé and Chata

Image The culé is a cargo boat once used to carry salt, fruit, and other items to supply the city of Lisbon (Portugal), which sits on the wide estuary of the Rio Tejo (Tagus River). It was in use until the beginning of the twentieth century. Having a deep flat bottom and a wide rudder, the boat could go up the river and navigate shallow waters to reach the supplies needed by the city.

The chata is a small flat-bottom open boat used, in this case, as a tender to the culé.

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