• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Scampavia A long, low war galley used by the Neapolitans and Sicilians in the early part of the nineteenth century.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scampavia Nautical, a fast-rowing war-boat of Naples and Sicily. In 1814-15 they were built 150 feet in length, and were pulled by forty sweeps or large oars, every rower having his bunk under his sweep. They were rigged with one huge lateen sail at one third the distance from the bow, and no forward bulwark or stem was carried above deck. They carried a gun forward of the mast, about two feet above water. Aft they carried a lateen mizzen with topsail.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary