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Municipal Nautical Museum of El Masnou

Votive Offering

Sailor’s offering dedicated to the Virgen, 1899

Sailor’s offering dedicated to the Virgen, 1899

An Offering from a smuggler from Tossa de Mar who is thanking the Virgen for his good luck after she has let him smuggle for years without any accidents. This is an oil painting that shows a sailing ship in the foreground and, in the background, the walled city of Tossa de Mar.

Sea voyages were very dangerous, and often sailors sought divine protection with charms and by making offerings to ask favours and protection, or to give thanks. The offerings could be a model of a ship, a painting or any other object to show their appreciation to God.

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14. Sailors’ superstitions and devotions

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