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Senhora do Carmo

Nossa Senhora do Carmo (Our Lady of Carmo) is the patron saint for the sailors of the Douro. In the XVII century, when the Port wine was transported down-river on the traditional Rabelo boats, over extremely strong and treacherous waters and defying conditions, sailors built a chapel in her honour at one of the most dangerous passages, where they would anchor to pray for her protection and a safe journey while transporting the barrels down to the estuary at Porto.

It’s also a tribute to the skipper’s grandfather who owned a sailing boat with the same name.