a <sandola> being a big boat


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Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover(page 384, chapter 17) by Lawrence (planetebook,here):
(background: Connie was in Venice, together with her sister Hilda. They were listening to a gondolier, who was perfectly ready to prostitute himself to them, if they wanted him.……)

The mate he brought was called Daniele. He was not a regular gondolier, so he had none of the cadger and prostitute about him. He was a sandola man, a sandola being a big boat that brings in fruit and produce from the islands.

What's the exact meaning of sandola please? Freight ship?
Thank you in advance

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