Archive Results For: Mediterranean

Italian Naval Architecture about 1445

By R. C. Anderson

A technical article on the hull construction of early 14th century Italian/Venetian ships based on a small volume in the British Museum entitled Titus, A. 26. Along with the architecture of ships is a description of sailmaking. Italian text is included along with explanations on the various text elements. Recommended for someone who is really […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | High Middle Ages | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Miscellaneous | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

The Santo Cristo of Lepanto

By H S Vaughan

The cathedral of Saint Eulalia, Barcelona, contains the great crucifix which is believed to have been carried on the poop of Don Juan’s flagship Real at the Battle of Lepanto, 1571. It is one of the few surviving examples of the sacred emblems that the Christian fleet of the Holy League carried into battle with […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics

Some French Carracks

By R. Morton Nance

The small scale and conventional treatment of fifteenth century shipping miniatures rarely allow them to be of great use to the archaeologist, it is from a few engravings and paintings that we have gained most of our knowledge of contemporary ships. A notable exception to this rule, however, is an illustration to a French translation […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Art & Music | Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

Notes on the Development of Bands in the Royal Navy Part IV Introduction of Band Ratings

By W.G. Perrin

The “Musician ” was a single-station billet, one only being allowed to each ship of all classes. The first real step towards the formation of a regular band was the introduction in October, 1847, of the rating of “Bandsman ” with pay of £1 14s. a month. The distinction between ” musician ” and ” […] Read More

Filed under: Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Navies

The Great Ship of 1419

By L.G. Carr Laughton

Henry V’s great ship, which was building at Bayonne in 1419, is an old friend; but to the best of my belief no one has ever attempted to explain her dimensions, which at first sight appear remarkable. Henry V’s great ship at Bayonne was intended to be a carrack; and this seems not less likely […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Auxiliary Oars

By R. C. Anderson.

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, […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors | Baltic | Mediterranean | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Navies | Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design

H.M.S. Victory Part IV

By Edward Fraser

Victory 2,162 tons, returned to England in 1797 and was fitted to receive sick prisoners of war. In 1800, a rebuild was carried out.   The original figurehead’s allegorical figures supporting a heraldic shield were replaced by cherubim.   A statement of damage sustained at Trafalgar is available in a midshipman’s Remarks Book but no official records […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Atlantic | Napoleonic War | Baltic | English Channel | North Sea | Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Art & Music | Battles & Tactics | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies | Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

Development from Log to Clipper Part III

By D. D. Kirkaldy Willis

The dugout rather than the raft may be the predecessor of planked ships.   Predynastic Egypt used craft made of papyrus, ambatch, rush and acantha. Egyptian amphorae have ships, rowers and punters pictured; monuments and sarcophagi have larger sailing craft. The Phoenicians were, of political necessity, consummate navigators and traders; exploring from Malabar to the Baltic […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Prehistory | Baltic | Antiquity | Mediterranean | Other (Twentieth C) | Indian Ocean | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Leisure & Small Craft | Merchant Marines | Science & Exploration | Shipbuilding & Design

H.M.S. Victory Part II

By Edward Fraser

Victory IV, 1,920 tons, was launched in 1737 and wrecked seven years later on the Caskets in bad weather with the loss of 1,000 people.   The present Victory 2,162 tons, was launched in 1765, served as flagship of the Mediterranean fleet and, after Trafalgar, in the Baltic. She was paid off in Portsmouth in 1812 […] Read More

Filed under: Nelson | Atlantic | Napoleonic War | Baltic | Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C) | Shipwrecks | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

Wicker Vessels

By R. Morton Nance

The coracle is over-emphasised. In the time of the Romans, Venetian planked boats may have traded to Britain. However, the locals, as Pliny remarks, used hide-covered osier-framed sea-going boats rather like the umiak, that can hold over twenty Eskimos.   The Irish, oared, sea-fishing curragh is a survivor of the type still in ordinary use in […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Antiquity | English Channel | Medieval | Irish Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Merchant Marines | Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

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