Canoa de Tolda

Canoa de Tolda is a double mast gaff rigged canoe which was intensively used to transport goods and people in the São Francisco River in the Northeast of Brazil. It has its origins with Dutch invasions in the XVIII century and an interesting characteristic is the use of sideboards as Dutch boats. The name  “tolda” comes from the small cabin located near the bow, used as shelter for the crew and their belongings. . These old sailing vessels large did the integration of the entire course of the lower São Franciso river. Their high load carrying capacity for the region’s dynamic economy, made them one of the symbols of the memory of this people, who still  have a strong bond on those boats. One last vessel remained in the region in 1998 sailing the line between the interior of Alagoas and Sergipe, near the river mouth. Text is translated and adapted from the website Sociedade Sócio-Ambiental do Baixo São Francisco – Canoa de Tolda  (The Socio-Environmental Society of the Lower San Francisco – Canoa de Tolda)