Note:The Etymology of Keelson and Some Fourteenth-century British Evidence for Tacking Gear

By William Sayers, published May 2021


This note examines two entries from royal shipyard account books from the reigns of Edward I and Henry VI that throw light on the use of keels and related timbers, and of wooden sail-trimming gear on ships identified with the Anglo-French term escomer, ‘skimmer’, judged to have been light patrol boats.

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