Meaning of Boat


The term boat, which has its etymological origin in the Latin language, is used to name a small boat. The usual thing is that the boat is used to cross a river or to carry out fishing activities.

It can be said that a boat is a boat that is open at both ends and has a flat shape. They are generally rowing boats, although there are also rope boats. In the latter case, a swimmer is in charge of bringing a rope to shore, while the other end is tied to the boat. In this way it is simple to cross a river, moving people, merchandise, animals, etc.

For example: “My grandfather lived in the delta of the Paraná River: he had a boat there and was dedicated to transporting food to the islands of the region”, “Tragedy in the Mediterranean: a boat sank with twenty people trying to reach Europe “, ” We were in the boat fishing all afternoon.

Barca, on the other hand, is the name of a Spanish municipality that is part of the province of Soria, in the autonomous community of Castilla y León. This town has just over a hundred inhabitants. In Libya, Barca is the name of a city that was a Greek colony and was also under Byzantine and Roman rule.

In the same way, we cannot forget that in the world of mythology boats play an essential role in many cases. Thus, for example, the famous boat of Charon, the ferryman of Hades, stands out. This was in charge of carrying the recently deceased from one side of the Acheron River to the other. But he only did it if they could pay him money, hence in ancient times the deceased will be buried with a coin under their tongue.

The souls who did not have money had to spend a hundred years on the river banks. Then, after that time, Charon did take them in his boat for free.

Precisely that watercraft and its owner are represented in the painting “The passage of the Styx lagoon” or “Charon crossing the Styx lagoon”. It was made in 1520 by the Flemish painter Joachim Patinir (1480 – 1524). It is currently in the Prado Museum in Madrid.

In the same way, we cannot ignore that there is a well-known song in Spain that has the word in question in its title. We are referring to “Who manages my boat”, by the Sevillian cantaora Remedios Amaya. It is a single with which he attended the Eurovision Song Contest in 1983 representing that country.

It has gone down in the annals of the history of Spain in that musical contest for two reasons: because the song did not obtain a single point and also because its interpreter put it on stage without wearing shoes.

Finally, Pedro Calderón de la Barca was a writer and priest born in 1600 in Madrid and died in 1681 in the same Spanish city. Calderón de la Barca is considered one of the great authors of the so-called Golden Age.