“Karavoskaro” is called the type of ship that prevailed in the 19th century. Due to its elliptical shape of the stern it was planned according to the method of “sala”. Its length reached the 40-50 meters and its capacity reached to 400-500 tons. It is also considered a descendant of the Byzantine «Corvette» (“dromonas”).
Initially it was a fishing boat, but its use was quickly expanded everywhere and we may found it either as a mean of transport or as a warship and in subsequent periods even as ferry and pleasure boat. Its design has influences from the west, while at the 19th century the largest ships that were sailing in the Aegean Sea usually were this kind of ships.
In many cases, we find the variation of “karavoskaro”, in which are reflected two different types of ships and this is why we called them «bastarda.» Sometimes they have the bow of a “karavoskaro” and the stern of a «Liberty» boat and other times they have the bow of a “trehantiri” and the stern of a “karavoskaro”.
There were “karavoskara” that had been designed to transfer carts and later cars, and this use imposed their parapets to be at a lower level. With this design, which is called «Peramataria», the loading and unloading of carts became much easier.