She's believed to be two centuries old, has the original felze (cabin), along with the forcole and remi which were hand-carved for her so long ago.
"I chatted with a museum guy about it. He confirmed that it does not float and is thus hung in this boat yard that you see in pix. I couldn't get a good shot at it because access was through a small opening and from a larger opening the angle was wrong.
He said the accessories were all original.
Couldn't see well enough to determine if asymetric. He said it was built locally at the end of the 1700s and gifted to the family ."
Taking a closer look at the forcole on this boat, I can't help but think that in a way we are viewing a "time capsule". Every part of the boat has been kept the same, according to the way things were two hundred years ago.
The forcola da prova looks a lot like one in the painting Salvataggio Miracoloso by Girolamo Forabosco.
Meanwhile, the forcola da poppa has little or no "elbow" - taking a more plank-like shape. I've seen similar forcole in paintings by Carpaccio, Bellini, and Tintoretto.
The decks of the boat are reminiscent of some variations only seen in paintings and old photographs. One can only imagine how this amazing boat must have looked and rowed when she was first launched - possible two hundred years ago.
My thanks go out to William for providing the photos and information on this historic vessel.
To read about another vessel he had some association with, check out my post from April of this year entitled "William".