More About the Ship of the Renaissance

By Commandant L Guilleux La Roërie, published August 1957


The author uses his notes from an earlier Mariner’s Mirror article by Morton Nance in an attempt to trace the evolution of the ocean-going sailing ship from the mid-fourteenth to mid-sixteenth centuries. He addresses the adoption of Atlantic types of cog in the Mediterranean and also the development of western and Mediterranean carracks. Accuracy in dating change is hampered by literary and pictorial evidence lagging behind the facts, poor drawing by artists and deformation by copyists. Portuguese pictorial sources have proved valuable to the author – some of which Breughel clearly used but also updated for his own paintings.

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Filed under: Tudors | Atlantic | High Middle Ages | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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