State barge if the Doge of Venice, 1728.
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This contemporary model, dated 1727, represents the third and last of the 'Bucentaurs', the State Barges of the Doges of Venice. Since 1177 a succesion of these vesels had been employed for the ceremonial marriage between the Republic and the Adriatic, celebrated on the Feast of the Ascension. This 'Bucentaur' was laid down in 1722 and launched in 1728. The vesel was 114 ft long, built in archaic style and propelled by 21 four-manned oars on each side. Apart from the awning and other decorations, she resembles the galleases of the 17th and 18th centuries.