The Vera Cruz, like the Boa Esperanza, is a replica of the caravels built by the Portuguese in around 1430 for their explorations of the globe. Small, light, squat vessels, the caravels enabled them to conquer the high seas to an extent that no other maritime civilization in the world had managed to do before them. To the manoeuvrability of the caravels, which were at home on the ocean waves, the Portuguese added an exceptional tenacity, enabling them to overcome any fear of the unknown! The Vera Cruz is an exact reproduction of one of these little jewels of human invention, which contributed so much to Portugal’s voyages of discovery. Built in 2000 in the Vila do Conde shipyard, as part of the of the 500th anniversary celebrations of the discovery of Brazil, the Vera Cruz is a reminder of the genius of the navigator-shipbuilders of times past. Barely 24 metres long, and yet capable of such remarkable maritime adventures!
How to recognize her
Be careful not to confuse her with the Boa Esperanza! She has two triangular sails decorated with the Cross for the Order of Christ, of which Prince Henry "the Navigator”, who played a central role in Portugal's maritime expansion in the 15th century, was a member.
Did you know?
The Vera Cruz is 24 metres long and 7 metres wide, and only has an eight-person crew.