Our Brave Douro River Sailors

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Our Brave Douro River Sailors

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For centuries, the Rabelo boat was the fastest and the most efficient means of transporting wine from Douro Valley to the city of Porto

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It took remarkable skills to navigate the Rabelos through the treacherous shallows and rapids of Douro river. Each boat carried an alm box where sailors put a coin once the danger was overcome.

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Images of saints were painted on rocks of the hardest spots to navigate. It is said these brave sailors always bared their heads and repeated a prayer when passing.

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