Some Old Time Ship Pictures Part V A Group of Florentines

By R. Morton Nance, published September 1914


The continuation of this series of analyses of early ship illustrations, these from the fifteenth century, in which the author generally discusses the hull construction, the masts and rigging with the intention of demonstrating the value of such illustrations to naval historians. In this article the sails and rigging are the main interest, in an attempt to explain why the former are depicted as ‘windbags’.

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Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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