Sources of Maritime History and Methods of Research

By Olof Hasslὃf, published May 1966


The author limits his argument to the subject of wooden ship construction, and proceeds with an outline of traditional sources of information, from living traditions to archives, noting that none of these sources is comprehensively organized. Methods of research are largely restricted to a history and analysis of ship construction, particularly shell first and skeleton first, followed by a recitation of design methodology, including “block” models and drawings. Unfortunately the author did not have available data developed from more recent archaeological and bibliographic finds which have answered many of the questions he raises.

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Filed under: Baltic | Antiquity | Early Modern | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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