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Rowing

Rowing, that is, driving a gajeta can be done by 4 or 5 people. There are 5 rowing spots: parada (the stern oar holder) pri krmom (at the stern), srida (mezarija, the middle), ala banka and prova ( bow). The bow oar is 20 cm longer than the other oars. Before boats had motor engines, the distance between two places was calculated by the time necessary to cross the distance with a boat with 4 oars. The average speed of a 4-oar gajeta was three nautical miles per hour. The oarsmen would take 15-minute breaks every two hours. A two-oar boat was able to cross 2,5 miles per hour. The distance between Betina and Zadar is 24 miles and this voyage would take 8 hours,…

Testimonials

„There does not exist a thing that we did not do in the shipyard. From A to Z. We constructed Brseč, Lopar, Vinodol. Those are ships of 27 meters or even 32 meters in length. We constructed 17 meters long gillnetters for Istra. We worked for Algiers, America, Germany…When we worked for Tunisia, each brigade (of 6 people) worked on five boats. In three years, we constructed 20 boats for Tunisia. We constructed 80 cutter boats for the army. “ Šime Jušić, shipbuilder   „You went to school and learned the trade. We built, constructed, transported materials, pulled and burned ships; we did all sorts of things. We worked for 5 hours and went to school for 3 hours. That was our schedule every day…

Betina shipyard

In 1926 there was one big shipyard and nine smaller ones operating in Betina. Seven sailboats and five boats were constructed and 60 sailboats and 12 boats were fixed in those shipyards between October 31st 1926 and October 31st 1927. Betina shipyards had a surface of 11200 square meters and all the other shipyards of northern Dalmatia put together had 10300 square meters. There were 169 workers employed in the shipyards of Northern Dalmatia, 60 of them working in Betina. At the end of the 1920s, there was a crisis in shipbuilding. A big number of shipbuilders were concentrated in a small area. To make sure they keep their shipyards open, they went searching for clients in the nearby area. The new shipyards are those…

Cicibela

CICIBELA is a Betina gajeta of an older type, 8 meters long. It was built in the shipyard of Filip Tošulov in 1931 and ordered by Toma Gregurov form Preko on the island of Ugljan. During its service life its transported labourers, cattle and crops, and during the WWII, it transported refugees to El Shatt in secret night voyages to the Kornati islands, where a bigger boat awaited. On constant alert, the owner used to sink Cicibela every night by filling it with rocks. It was kept like that until the following night when it would again be prepared for sailing. Cicibela ended up in the Zadar Foša, where it was almost sunk. Although it was in a bad shape, Marino Mijat from Tribunj decided…

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