Croatia post issued a stamp featuring the Traditional Croatian boat Bracera, the most characteristic coastal sailing vessels of the Croatian Adriatic coast.
The stamps features Bracera sailing in the sea along with the logo of EUROMED POSTAL, which indicates cooperation between the Postal Union for the Mediterranean.
Traditional Croatian boat Bracera
One-mast bracera with the lug sail from the 19th century is the best known among all types of coastal sailing vessels.
Braceras formed the backbone of the commercial fleet on the Adriatic Sea being the most prominent and best known, along with its larger sisters – trabakuls and peligs.
This solid and very mobile small ship developed as the result of the Liburnian traditional form.
The Liburnians were actually for millenniums first class seamen and ship builders. Their shapes and solutions were adopted also by practical Romans and millenniums later also by Americans.
The vessel had wide applications because it was especially apt for trade and general communication between numerous Adriatic islands as well as between its neighbouring coasts.
Braceras were used to transport wine, olive oil and other agricultural products, but also people and cattle and they were used for fishing, harvesting sea sponges and excavating sand from the sea along the whole coast.
The vessels were oar-powered or wind-powered which for millenniums were the main power resources for vessels. It is presumed that the name bracera is derived from the word Brazza – a historic name for the island of Brac from the period of domination of the Venetian Republic of San Marco.
PUMed was officially established on 15 March 2011 with its headquarters stationed in Malta.
PUMed currently includes 20 postal operators across the Mediterranean region, namely Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Monaco, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey.
Its goal is to support economic development in the Euro-Mediterranean region by promoting the role of post offices in the economy of the various countries and encouraging cooperation between the players involved in the postal sector.
Title: Traditional Croatian boat Bracera
Date of Issue: 9 July 2015
Denominations: 5.80 HRK
Source: Croatia Post