The Early Provision of Artillery Armament on Mediterranean War Galleys

By John F. Guilmartin Jr, published August 1973


This analysis of the development of artillery armament on board Mediterranean war galleys from about 1500 shows that the weight and variety of guns increased over time. The use of stone cannonballs enables the ordnance to be of a lighter construction than if iron cannonballs had been used. Contemporary documents indicate how the scarcity of armament influenced naval tactics and ship construction.

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

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