The name speronara is a reference to the distinctive spur (sperone: Italian) on the bows of the vessel also known as Xprunara in Maltese.
speronara (plural speronaras)
- (nautical) a type of small Mediterranean sailing boat, used especially for transport between Sicily and Malta
1850, William O. S. Gilly, Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849:
- 'Whilst my boat was preparing (a Maltese speronara, with a crew of twelve men, selected for their knowledge of the coast,) I wrote two letters, one to Malta, and the other to Lisbon, stating the loss of the ship.
1863, Bayard Taylor, The Lands of the Saracen:
- We had the ponente, or west-wind, all night, but the speronara moved sluggishly, and in the morning it changed to the greco-levante, or north-east.
speronara f (plural speronare)