Anchors and Accessories 1340-1640

By J.T. Tinniswood, published May 1945

Abstract

The three centuries 1340-1640 saw the greatest growth and change in the sailing ship. In the earliest part of the period the number of anchors carried was from two on the smallest up to five or six on the largest ships. Our knowledge consists mainly of scraps and generalities, so that guesswork cannot be avoided in trying to assign to a ship of these times her complement of anchor, cables, bitts, capstans or windlasses, fish-davits and other oddments.

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Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Logistics | Merchant Marines | Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

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