Note: The Cog

By L. G. Carr Laughton, published February 1960


This Note summarizes what we know about features of the ship type known as the cog, from its origins as a coaster and as a tender to bigger ships, to its growth in size as voyages grew longer and its roles became more diverse, both in peace and in war. The particular qualities that made the cog well suited for combat at sea during the period are explained. Much of the Note discusses the cog All Hallows, purchased by Edward I and then repaired and fitted out for war – its complement, dimensions, armament and possible service during the Hundred Years’ War.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Baltic | Late Middle Ages | High Middle Ages | North Sea
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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