barco ( bahr'-koh )

noun ( boat, ship )


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1. Si hace buen tiempo este fin de semana, quizá saquemos el barco en el lago.

If the weather is good this weekend, maybe we'll take the boat out on the lake.

2. Los barcos de los vikingos que se usaron para cruzar el Atlántico se conocían como "knarrs".

The viking ships that were used to cross the Atlantic were known as "knarrs."

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  • Buena foto. Gracias :) - Raja-jani May 20, 2015
  • Good morning, Ambette ♥. I'm going back to bed. I got a cold or allergies :( - Sassette May 20, 2015
  • I've got to get my boat ready soon. Gracias princessa :-)! - Jraider May 20, 2015
  • Thank you all. Have a good day. :):):) - rac1 May 20, 2015
  • Sorry to have contributed two ansers, I jsut remebered about the Wasa a bit later, after I had done the first one. - annierats May 21, 2015

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Mis antepasados venían en Ellis Island por barco en el principio del siglo XX.

My ancestors came into Ellis Island by ship in the beginning of the 20th century.

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  • So did mine! :) My great grandparents moved to the US from Czechoslovakia and they never learned to speak English. - Findy May 20, 2015
  • That is so cool. Mine were already here. :) - rac1 May 20, 2015
  • Mine came up through Mexico :-)! - Jraider May 20, 2015
  • ¡Mío también! - jrschenk May 20, 2015
  • Some of mine came at the same time from Belgium. - Jubilado May 21, 2015


Fue botada en 1797, el USS Constitution es el barco de guerra más antiguo que aún se encuentra en activo y a flote en todo el mundo. Su apodo es "viejos lados de hierro" porque las balas de cañón del enemigo rebotan los lados rebotaban del casco del barco durante la guerra de 1812.

Launched in 1797, the USS Constitution is the oldest war ship that is still active and afloat in the world. Her nickname is "Old Ironsides" because the enemy cannon balls bounce off the sides of the ship during the war of 1812.

USS Constitution

Famous Old Ironsides poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  • is it "balas" or "bolas"? I really don't know, I'm just asking :) The artwork is beautiful by the way. - Sassette May 20, 2015
  • Great post. Between you and Falda, I'm remembering my history. :) The artwork is beautiful. - rac1 May 20, 2015
  • Jrschenk: Nice sentence. I have a question for a native speaker. Would it be OK to start this sentence with the past participle = botada? Or "Haber sido botadä" (Having been launched) Which of these three (including "fue botada") would be the most common? - DilKen May 20, 2015
  • SameNativeSpeaker: I really wanted to say that cannon balls bounced off the hull (as opposed to sides) but I didn't know how. - jrschenk May 20, 2015
  • Maybe they should have called it " Old Dented Sides". :-)))!!!!! - Jraider May 20, 2015


Hay un dicho en inglés que es "cuando mi barco llegue" que significa "cuando yo sea rico" o "cuando yo tenga mucho dinero". Esta frase es utilizada de esta manera: "cuando mi barco llegue, compraré una muy gran casa muy grande." Después de haber buscado el en Internet, encontré algunos ejemplos en español que significan lo mismo. Mi favorito es este uno: "cuando lleguen las vacas gordas." Por cierto "las vacas gordas" también puede significar "los años ricos de riqueza" o "los años de abundancia abundantes."

There is a saying in English that is "when my ship comes in" meaning "when I'm rich" or "when I have a lot money." This phrase is used in this way: "When my ship comes in, I'll buy a very big house." After searching the Internet, I found some examples in Spanish that mean the same thing. My favorite is this one: "When the fat cows arrive." By the way, "the fat cows" can also mean "the rich or abundant years"

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  • I've also heard it said as, "When my ship sails." :-)! - Jraider May 20, 2015
  • Great post! - Findy May 20, 2015
  • Cool!! Great illustration. :) - rac1 May 20, 2015
  • ..una casa muy grande..buscado en/por Internet..'los años de riquezas.. los años de abundancias...' :) - Pablo064 May 20, 2015
  • 'this one' is just 'esta/este' :) - Pablo064 May 20, 2015


En mi estado en la costa este, ahora que es casi verano, a veces podemos ver las barcos llamados "los veleros de mástiles altos" como estos desde unas de las puentes mientras cruzamos la bahía.

In my state on the East Coast, now that it's almost summer, sometimes we can see the ships called "Tall ships" like these from one of the bridges while we are crossing the bay.

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  • wow. I didn't think many sailed those kind of ships anymore. - Sassette May 20, 2015
  • I would love to sail on one :-)! - Jraider May 20, 2015
  • I would love to sail on one too. You live in a beautiful part of the country, Sandy. :) - rac1 May 20, 2015
  • sandy, estado may mean your state of being, such as being pregnant, at least that is what I think, await Tiempo. - annierats May 20, 2015
  • hhehe yes Annie but by the context there is no confusion ..'los' barcos..desde uno de los puentes..' :) - Pablo064 May 20, 2015


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¿Como llamas a cuatro hombres en un barco agujereado?

¡ Cuatro hundimientos !

What do you call four men in a leaky boat ?

Cuatro sinko!

  • jejeje - Findy May 20, 2015
  • Typo: "What do"... This joke is el stinko. jajajaja - rac1 May 20, 2015
  • Jeje! Gracias Amby :-)! - Jraider May 20, 2015
  • My laughter of the day :) - Raja-jani May 20, 2015
  • There is no shortage of witty people on this site... :) - jrschenk May 20, 2015


The ship Victoria completed the first trip around to the world with the Magellan - Elcano expedition.

La nao Victoria completó la primera vuelta al mundo con la expedición Magallanes - Elcano.


  • thanks for nao...a new word for me. I just hope you escape the wrath of our moderator because the word of the day, barco, is missing :-) - Sassette May 20, 2015
  • Hola Cruce: ...,completed the first trip around the world... - DilKen May 20, 2015
  • How many people realize that Magellan was killed in the Philippines on this trip? Magellan himself never made it all the way around the world! - DilKen May 20, 2015
  • Un hermoso barco :-)! - Jraider May 20, 2015
  • Thanks, more history. Love it. :) - rac1 May 20, 2015


Mi hermano estuvo estacionado a bordo de este barco durante los años 1970.

My brother was stationed aboard this ship in the 1970's.

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  • Mine served in frigates. - annierats May 20, 2015
  • Hola Findy :-)! - Jraider May 20, 2015
  • Back when....it was the largest air craft carrier in the world. 1957 I think I read. - rac1 May 20, 2015
  • ...hermano estuvo estacionado a bordo de este... :) - Pablo064 May 20, 2015
  • Mi padre era un compañero del artillero en la USS Ranger. - jrschenk May 20, 2015


A veces cuando es necesario transportar a los infantes de Marina a otro país se usa un barco de transporte. Aquí se ve el USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1), el primero de algunos barcos nuevos de alta velocidad.

At times when it is necessary to transport Marines to another country a transport ship is used. Here you see the USNS Spearhead (JHSV-1), the first of some new high-speed ships.

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  • Awesome! ♥ - rac1 May 20, 2015
  • If you must charge into the path of danger, do it surrounded by marines. ;) - jrschenk May 20, 2015
  • it looks like if you went into that dark space in the front you'd enter another dimension. Perhaps a path to my home, Smurf Village. - Sassette May 20, 2015
  • How many troops will it hold? - Jraider May 20, 2015
  • It is a small ship, and will hold only just over 500 people, including crew. But it is fast--43 knots or almost 50 mph. - Daniela2041 May 20, 2015


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Los barcos de vela son maravillosos , pero ahora la gente no los utiliza para cruzar los mares sino que para navegarlos como deporte.

Sail ships are wonderful, but now the people use them not to cross the seas but to navigate them to do a sport.

  • hi, porcu. I think "to navigate them for sport" sounds more natural. Would appreciate further comment if there is a better way to put it than what I'm suggesting :) - Sassette May 20, 2015
  • If you're speaking of a big ship, "sailing ships" would sound more natural. If small boats like the one in your picture, "sail boats" would be what those are called. - Winkfish May 20, 2015
  • ...yes, and you don't really need "The" in the beginning of the sentence :-)! - Jraider May 20, 2015
  • Great suggestions. :) Hola Porcu. :) - rac1 May 20, 2015
  • I would say that was a yatch, in your picture.. - annierats May 20, 2015


En la historia de las relaciones entre España y el Reino Unido, los barcos de cada país fueron muy importantes. Anteriormente marineros españoles y britanicos se navegaban cerca de los otros para decir 'hola' y hacer una fiesta con cañones. Hoy en día cada año el Reino Unido manda una armada de aviones en España así que los britanicos pueden beber como barriles sin fondo, ponerse sombreros, comportarse como tontos guiris y darles a los españoles todo su dinero. Así que parece que el Reino Unido ganó la guerra pero España ha ganado la paz.

In the history of relations between Spain and the United Kingdom, each nation's ships were very important. In the past Spanish and British sailors would sail up to each other in order to say 'hiya' and have a big party with cannons. Nowadays every year Britain sends an armada of planes to Spain so the Brits may drink like fish, wear sombreros, conduct themselves like stupid foreign twits and give the Spanish all their money. Thus the UK may have won the war, but Spain has won the peace.

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  • ...but the Spanish Armada was destroyed when they tried to invade England :-)! - Jraider May 20, 2015
  • Es verdad. Una frase estupenda. - annierats May 20, 2015
  • Historical facts? Very interesting post. :) - rac1 May 20, 2015
  • It was the weather, Jraider, and now, that same weather sends the hordes of sunseekers southwards.. - annierats May 20, 2015
  • Suggestions 'En el pasado los marineros españoles y británicos navegaban cerca de los.. de aviones 'a' España...británicos pueden 'beber sin fondo'... :) - Pablo064 May 20, 2015


Es interesante que no solo los seres humanos viajen en barcos por su propia voluntad sino que también las ratas, que de este manera diseminaron la peste negra, una enfermedad terrible que infectó a casi toda Europa.

It's interesting that not only human beings travel by boat of their own free will, but so do rats and in this way they spread Black Death , a terrible disease that infected almost all of Europe.

  • Another kind of stowaway :-)! - Jraider May 20, 2015
  • That was a horrible time. - rac1 May 20, 2015
  • ..sino que también,,,I think when you have 'not only..but...' it's always with 'que'...no solo...'sino que'..'que de esta manera... :) - Pablo064 May 20, 2015
  • some years ago I heard about some abandoned boat at sea that was littered with rats. Don't know whatever happened to that vessel. - Sassette May 20, 2015
  • using "que DE" instead of "que EN" presents one of the most difficult challenges in learning Spanish. How does one get those "connecting words" right? - Sassette May 20, 2015


Desde aquel entonces que viajé desde San Diego, California a Jebel Ali en los Emiratos Arabés Unidos en un barco no he tenido mucho muchas ganas de hacer cruceros, y el único crucero que duró por la noche que he hecho con mi esposa era fue desde Hull, Inglaterra a Bélgica- aunque a veces contemplamos hacer un crucero a Alaska.

Every Ever since that time long ago that I voyaged from San Diego, California to Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates on a ship I have not had much desire to go on cruises, and the only cruise that was overnight that I have gone on with my wife was from Hull, England to Belgium- although at times we think about taking a cruise to Alaska.

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  • Is the picture of you? - rac1 May 20, 2015
  • No- we haven't done the Alaska cruise. I just thought it was one of the more unique Alaska cruise pictures- different than all the ones showing the majestic beauty. ;) - bosquederobl May 20, 2015
  • nice. speaking of stupid mistakes in my entry I had "Mucho mujeres." Certainly I knew it should've been "Muchas." Probably happens because of all the detailed thought that has to go into doing it right. - Sassette May 20, 2015
  • Yes, and sometimes I pick them up on reread and sometimes not. But one or two always slip through if I write enough. :( - bosquederobl May 20, 2015
  • Typo on the first word.. "Ever". :-)! We went on a cruise to the Caribbean once....it was great, but some people don't sail well :-)! - Jraider May 20, 2015


Natalia me preguntó, "eres rico?" Le dije, "No, porque no tengo un avión o un barco de lujo."

Natalia asked me, “Are you rich?” I said, “No, because I don’t have an aircraft or a luxury boat.”

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  • Maybe one day Raj :-)! - Jraider May 20, 2015
  • Would you prefer one over the other? - rac1 May 20, 2015
  • Neither, I am happy with my simple car :) - Raja-jani May 20, 2015
  • Really, when we know you have 13 racehorses in trianing? - annierats May 20, 2015


Hace cincuenta años, si los Australianos querían visita Inglaterra, nuestra "madre patria", el modo de viaje usual era en barco. Viajar por avion se consideraba demasiado caro, y era solo para los ricos. El viaje tardó seis semanas. Pocas personas hicieron ese viaje. Hoy en dia todo el mundo va en avion. El viaje tarda veintecuatro horas. Es común ir a Europa muchas veces, y también a todos los otros lugares del mundo

Fifty years ago, if Australians wanted to visit England, our "Motherland", the usual means of travel was by boat. To go by plane was considered very expensive and only for the rich. The trip took six weeks. Not many people made that voyage. These days everyone goes by plane. The trip takes twenty-four hours. It is common to go to Europe many times, and also to all the other places on the planet.

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The picture is of farewelling a P &O liner in Melbourne. Tbere was great excitement, streamers were thrown, and the 6 weeks journey was going to be a big party!

  • Great post, Jenny! - LuisCache May 20, 2015
  • What does P & O stands for? - LuisCache May 20, 2015
  • Nowadays it seems to be a luxury to go by ship. - rac1 May 20, 2015
  • Siempre me gusta sus entradas. - jrschenk May 20, 2015
  • ..si los australianos querían visitar Inglaterra..either 'demasiado caro y '''era''' solo para '''los''' ricos' or 'demasiado caro y solo para ricos' ;) ..todo el mundo 'va' en avión..es común ir 'a' Europa..lugares en el mundo or 'del' mundo.. :) - Pablo064 May 21, 2015


Partes de un barco / Parts of a boat

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  1. Chimenea

  2. Popa

  3. Hélice

  4. Obra viva o carena

  5. Ancla

  6. Bulbo de proa

  7. Proa

  8. Cubierta

  9. Superestructura

La banda derecha del navío mirando de popa a proa es estribor, y el lado o costado izquierdo de la embarcación mirando de popa a proa es babor.

  1. Chimney

  2. Stern

  3. Propeller

  4. Bottom

  5. Anchor

  6. Bulbous bow

  7. Bow

  8. Deck

  9. Superstructure

The right side (facing forward) is starboard and the left side is port.

  • Thank you, Luis...I always get the starboard and port mixed up. :) - rac1 May 20, 2015
  • Esto es muy útil, Luis. - jrschenk May 20, 2015
  • @Rac1 Memory devices... Red Port Wine (Portside lights are red, starboard lights are green) and Port=Left (both have 4 letters) - jrschenk May 20, 2015
  • Gracias JR. :) - rac1 May 21, 2015
  • :) - sanlee May 21, 2015