The Catrineta Ship is a poem written by an anonymous poet from the 17th century.
It tells a story about a difficult journey made by Jorge de Albuquerque Coelho, a nobleman, aboard Santo Antonio carrack in the Atlantic Ocean, from the New World to Lisbon in 1565. Sailing in stormy waters and being attacked by pirates turned the journey into a long desperate adventure, as the crew starved.
The legend says Santo Antonio miraculously reached Lisbon when the crew already thought of resorting to cannibalism to survive.
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There comes the Catrineta Ship
Which has much to tell!
Listen now, oh lords,
A shocking story.
It was over a year and a day
They had been travelling back by sea;
They didn't have anything to eat anymore,
They didn't have anything to consume...