Auxiliary Oars

By R. C. Anderson., published December 1922


Auxiliary propulsion for sailing vessels is a logical development. One hybrid between a ship and a galley was the Mediterranean galleass. Another was Henry VIII’s Great Galley.   A Greenwich two-decker model, puzzlingly marked Bristol 1666, may be the earliest showing oar-ports, as do later trading gallies. A 60 gun two-decker, probably Spanish, dated early 18c, has eleven oar ports between the lower-tier guns. The Sheerness and Boreas, 18c frigates, had oar-ports below or between the lower-tier guns. In the late 18c, Baltic hemmea and turuma and Russian shebeks sported oars. There may be other rated vessels with such auxiliary propulsion.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | Baltic | Mediterranean | Other (Eighteenth C)
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