Ship Graffiti from Akko (Acre)

By Yaacov Kahanov and Eliezer Stern, published February 2008

Abstract

Graffiti of several vessels, dated to the second half of the thirteenth century, were found on a wall of the Hospitaller Compound at Akko (Acre) in the north of Israel. Three of the most complete and clearest depictions are presented in this article. The graffiti represent small warships equipped with one mast and a lateen-rigged sail, with the article reviewing possible sizes and types of vessel, and their original origin.

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Filed under: Late Middle Ages | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Archaeology | Art & Music | Shipbuilding & Design

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