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A primitive boat emblematic of Marseille
The barquette marseillaise is part of the emblematic heritage of Marseille, just like Fort Saint-Jean or the Palais du Pharo, off which it navigates in this photo. Defined as a small boat of the Mediterranean coasts by Frédéric Mistral in his Lou Tresor dóu Félibrige, it is the subject of more detailed explanations in Construction and maneuver of boats with Latin sails written by Jules Vence in 1876. In particular, the author explains his simple, primitive and inexpensive construction technique, which involves the use of a single template, that of Saint Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters.
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