Interesting read. It would, also, be interesting to see performance qualities for this vessel. Where do you get this kind of information? I would be interested in further reading of this type. Thanks for the informative post.
A bit everywhere, there are some interesting books in Portuguese, some in French and Dutch and some in Swedish.
Do you know Björn Landström?
If not just buy these old books and I promise you a fascinating read .
The Ship: An Illustrated History by Björn Landström - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists
and this is a true classic:
Regarding speed of old boats some are a surprise: The Caravela (the one that is one the front page on the book of exploration) was not a merchant boat but an explorer boat, so it was fast and could sail quite well against the wind.
Look at this movis with a XV century replica compare its speed with the speed of the modern boats around. Take notice that they were accused of not having the sails as big on that replica as on the original boats and even so...they can sail pretty well and downwind was its weakest point of sail of that boat.