The Barquette: A Marseillian Symbol
The Marseillian barquette is part of a wider Mediterranean boat family. The provencal name Barquette, is derived from Italian Barqueto, meaning ‘ship craft’. Present in Marseille since the 18th Century, it was first invented by marine carpenters. Now a historic symbol of Marseilles maritime’ life and considered the pride of Marsillian shipyards, the barquette and its cousins Pointus, Gozzo, Tartanes, are ships known for being robust and comfortable.
The great marine carpenters of Southern Italy first designed the distinctive shape of these boats and developed their unique technical characteristics at the end of the 19th century. They were originally used for professional fishing in Marseille and today, they are mostly used as pleasure boats and especially for recreational fishing because they have a reputation for very good performance at sea. Coco is now one of the 502 barquettes recognised by the “Heritage, culture and boats” commission. In accordance with the Office of the Sea,2005; it was first recognised as a Patrimonial Heritage Boat in 2011 and renewed this status in 2015 and 2019.