Mediaeval Ships Part VIII Reefing Gear Part 2

By H.H. Brindley, published June 1912


A number of early works of art give clues as to the use of reefing points on the sails of mediaeval ships. Here consideration is given to the information to be gleaned from an English miniature held among the Bodleian manuscripts of Marco Polo embarking at Venice executed probably between 1410 and 1420, a ship illustrated in the ‘Compost et Kalendrier des Bergiers’ from 1493 and another of other sources whose evidence of reef gear is set out in tabular form.

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Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (location)
Subjects include: Art & Music | Ship Handling & Seamanship

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