The Engraver Willem A Cruce and the Development of the Chain-Wale

By André Wegener Sleeswyk, published November 1990

Abstract

The 15th century saw the move from clinker built ships to smooth carvel planking which in turn led to the building of bigger ships. As the size of the ships grew so did the forces placed on the hull by the shrouds supporting larger masts. The paper describes how the development of the chain-wale to give extra support can be traced through contemporary engravings, and in particular the work of Willem A Cruce. There is a discussion of who this engraver really was, with useful references to more detailed discussion.

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Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Shipbuilding & Design

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