The Mediterranean Galley and her Rig

By A.B. Wood, published December 1920


An examination of inventories from various dates and districts suggests that for 500 years until 1800 the Galley and her rig in use across the Mediterranean reflected common general principles. Even the introduction of the cannon had much less effect than in the north, for a galley’s guns were never much more than a sort of prolongation of her beak, and caused very little change in tactics.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

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