Cargo Handling and the Medieval Cog

By Colin Tipping, published February 1994


Cogs gradually increased in carrying capacity over the Medieval period as trade developed.  Problems of loading and stowing timber, wool, grain, wine, fish, salt and minerals, as hold or deck cargo, in order to achieve stability are described. Hull construction and rigging responded to the various cargoes. Fitted with windlass and capstan, rigging could serve as lifting gear. Manning rates were based on rig, operational area and weight of cargo to be handled.

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Filed under: Medieval | North Sea
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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