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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

"A group of Stonebridge residents raised concerns about the changes that allowed construction of a replica of the Galleon Dobrovnik in Adriatica"

As far as I know, there has never been a Croatian galleon named Dobrovnik. Another article posted by Steve Stoler of WFAA spelled it Dobrovnick.

There are Dubrovnik galleons. That's the name given to galleons made of the oak in the region of DUBROVNIK........ not Dobrovnick.

The Republic of Dubrovnik is derived from the Croatian word Dubrava, which means oak woods. Large oak trees surrounded Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik emerged as a large shipbuilding state in around 1510-1550. Dubrovnik galleons were obviously made out of the fine oak in the area.

During the 16th century, when the Dubrovnik Republic was at its peak, its shipbuilding industry produced almost 200 ships for the seas of the worlds. Citizens of Dubrovnik had earned a reputation as very distinguished builders of great karaka and galleon ships. That’s why the name “Argosy” (derived from Ragusa, as Dubrovnik was formerly known) became a synonym for a great trading ship, likely referring specifically to a karaka ship. It is even mentioned by Shakespeare in his play “The Merchant of Venice”.

Being of Russian and Polish decent, I find many similarities to my slavik neighbors.

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