Archive Results For: Antiquity

The Oarage of Greek Warships

By W.W. Tarn Litt.D., F.B.A.

Many people today believe that Greek warships were rowed by superposed banks of oars, but what historical evidence of the warships oarage exists? Some reliefs and paintings only show small galleys and coins, although dated, are too small for accurate detail. Misunderstandings also arose from false reasoning of a passage in Thucylides and the neglect […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Shipbuilding & Design

The Society Annual Lecture 1932: Primitive Craft – Evolution or Diffusion

By H. H. Brindley

Brindley seeks to establish whether the development of similar designs of water-craft found at different locations around the globe occurred by evolution or diffusion. If designs evolve then the similarities in the material culture of different peoples result from independent origins, whereas with diffusion such similarities would be a root idea generated by one people […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Other (location)
Subjects include: Archaeology | Leisure & Small Craft

The Roman Anchors Found at Nemi

By G. C. Speziale

A continuation of archaeological work addressed by The Mariner’s Mirror in 1929, the article points to clues which prove the vessels discovered were warships not ‘pontoons’ as well as “real floating temples” possibly built by Caligula. The additional discovery of iron anchors some nineteen-hundred years old was a rare find in itself. Though an important […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology

The Sailing Balsa of Lake Titicaca and other Reed-Bundle Craft

By H. H. Brindley

  Reed-bundle craft are found in all continents and for the most part are associated with inland waters and with lakes and marshes. Through a description of over thirty types of such craft, and with particular reference to the balsa of Lake Titicaca and the many different canoes of Ancient Egypt and the White Nile, […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean | Indian Ocean | Pacific | Other (location)
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft

Caligula’s Galleys

By Lieutenant-Commander H M Denham RN

The author describes a visit to view the first of the large galleys to be exposed by the lowering of the water level of Lake Nemi near Rome which was begun in 1928 but which was not complete at the time of writing. The two galleys in the lake are thought to have been built […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

The Roman Galleys in the Lake of Nemi

By Lieutenant Commander G C Speziale, Royal Italian Navy

The remains of two large, ornamental Roman galleys sunk in lake Nemi close to Rome have been known about for centuries and earlier attempts to salvage them have caused much damage to the wrecks. Following a survey in 1895 it was decided that only by lowering the height of the water in the lake by […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

Some “Kinks” in “The History of the Anchor”

By J.W. Van Nouhuys

The author, Director of the Prins Hendrik Maritime Museum, Rotterdam, takes great exception to criticisms of an earlier publication of his on anchors which had been reviewed in the Mariner’s Mirror in 1926. He refutes many points which he felt were errors made by Dr. F. Moll in “The History of the Anchor”, published in […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

The History of the Anchor

By Dr F Moll

The paper gives an overview of the development of anchors from classical Greece and Rome, through the Viking and Medieval Periods. The ways in which anchors were used – as weights or hooks, singly or in multiples, connected with or without hawse holes – provide an explanation for the different designs that develop, methods of […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | English Channel | Medieval | North Sea | Mediterranean | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Ship Handling & Seamanship

The Prime Meridian

By W.G. Perrin

Why did Greenwich become the datum point for the measurement of longitude and what meridians were used before it? The earliest meridians were the product of mapping the world, initially by Eratosthenes.   Ptolemy attempted to establish a prime meridian through the Canary Islands being the most westerly land known.   Through the 16th century most maps […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Internal Waterways | Other (location)
Subjects include: Science & Exploration

The History of Decorated and Coloured Sails

By H. Szymanski

Coloured or ornamented sails have always been exceptional. Early examples from Egypt, Greece and Rome are described. During the mediaeval period from the Vikings onwards coloured sails and sails with arms or symbols on them were used more widely. A few representations of sails with crosses persisted into the 16th century but there only two […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Early Middle Ages | Late Middle Ages | Antiquity | High Middle Ages | English Channel | North Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

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