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The barca-longa was a two or three-masted lugger found on the coasts of Spain and Portugal as well as more widely in the Mediterranean Sea.[1] They were used in Spain and Portugal for fishing but were employed by the British Royal Navy in Mediterranean waters, for shore raids or as dispatch boats; in general, they were not in Royal Navy ownership. The Oxford English Dictionary's earliest reference is from 1681. Others are 18th-century.


  1. ^ King, Dean (2000). A Sea of Words (3 ed.). Henry Holt. p. 100. ISBN 978-0-8050-6615-9.