Oared Vessels in the Elizabethan Navy

By Tom Glasgow Jr, published November 1966


While few in number, this article explores the roles and details of both the larger galleys and smaller brigantines (also called brigandines). It then examines rowbarges, which, given a tonnage rather than just a crew size, were used up to 1563. It studies pinnaces and while

small ones were certainly oared whether those listed around 50-70 tonnes were. It examines the English galleasses, which differ from those vessels of the same name in the Mediterranean, at least one seeming to be without oars, before concluding with examining the Elizabethan use of the word frigate.

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Filed under: Tudors | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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