The last surviving dgħajsa tal-latini – the tradtional Gozitan boat that used to ply the ferry route from Malta to Gozo in the days before steam – has just been fully refurbished and put on view to the public.
This particular vesssel was seaworthy until the 1970s after which it fell into disrepair. It was eventually bought by an entrepreneur who wanted to sell it to the Gozo Ministry. Wirt Għawdex (Gozo Heritage) intervened and the boat was instead bought by the Gozo Channel Co., which runs today’s Gozo Ferries.
The company provided sponsorship for the restoration and under the watchful eye of Wirt Għawdex the boat was put back in the capable hands of the Caruana brothers, sons of the original builder. Two years on, the boat is ready to be put on permanent display on the (also newly refurbished) Mġarr Harbour waterfront.
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