(also carvel /ˈkärvel/)
A small, fast Spanish or Portuguese sailing ship of the 15th-17th centuries.
- Square-rigged sails were particularly effective on the lighter ships known as caravels, which is why the Nina and Pinta were apt choices for Columbus's first voyage.
- One theory has it as the hulk of a Portuguese caravel wrecked here in the 1560s.
- The even skin of the carvel hull enabled shipwrights to cut gunports close to the waterline.
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