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Photographer's Note

The Rabelo boat is a traditional Portuguese cargo boat that for centuries was used to transport people and goods along the Douro river.

Native from the Douro region, it does not exist in any other place of the world. Its history is closely linked to the production and trade of port wine.

Before the arrival of the railway, the rabelo was the fastest and the most efficient means of transport between the Douro Valley, where port wine is produced, and the city of Porto, where it was traded and exported world wide.

Although not in use anymore, still today we can admire these graceful vessels belonging to the Port Wine Companies in the banks of the Douro river, in the cities of Porto and Gaia.

Every year on June 24, St. John's Day, is held a race of Rabelo boats, an important and popular event of the festivities of Porto city.

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