Mediaeval Ships Part V Stem Ropes Part 1

By H. H. Brindley, published January 1912


In this paper the author considers a small detail of medieval ships, the stem rope, as represented on coins and seals of the time. The stem ropes were two or more turns of rope around the stem, just under the forestage, whose function is unclear and had been extensively discussed in earlier editions of Mariner’s Mirror. The author describes a number of representation between 1391 and 1500, suggesting that as the level of detail declines significantly over this period, the use of stem ropes died out during this time, and later artists could not longer take examples from life.

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

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