In 1760, some 22 years before Francis Calense Amos established the Gosport shipyard in England, which would become Camper & Nicholsons, the founder of the Aprea family, from Sorrento, was already engaged in the building of boats in the then Kingdom of Naples. It is estimated that, since then, the Apreas have built over 3,000 boats, as well as ocean-going vessels of 120ft (36.6m) and more. The speciality of the house, however, has always been the Gozzo Sorrentino, a traditional boat of variable length, generally between 15ft (4.6m) and 22ft (6.7m), characterised by a fine and vertical bow, powerful and streamlined, especially towards the stern, pulled by oars and fitted with a lateen sail.
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