WATCH: Built in the 1500s, This Historic Vessel Is Getting Some TLC


Heritage Malta has recently acquired one of the last surviving examples of a Dghajsa tal-Latini. The vessel earned its name from the lateen sails, on which it depended for motion!


Back in the day, this vessel was mainly used for the transportation, of supplies and passengers between Malta and Gozo. While its origins are lost in the mist of history, there is evidence which dates back to as early as 1520, which shows the vessels being built on the shores of the Grand Harbour.



The Dghajsa tal-Latini was adopted by Gozitan Padruni in the 19th century, and it is the largest of the Maltese traditional boats. Heritage Malta has acquired this model, where shelter will be built to protect it from the elements, and it will undergo a process of restoration.