The Galleys of Argyll

By D.C. McWhannell, published February 2002

Abstract

Galleys, similar in design to those of the Viking era, played an important role in trade, policing and warfare in the Scottish highlands and Islands, especially Argyll. To date no wrecks have been discovered, though there is evidence for how they looked and were operated from stone carvings and poetry. The last galley was sold off for scrap timber in 1919. The material requirements for building and furnishing a galley are discussed, along with crewing and their role in the last Campbell naval expeditions during the 1600s. The demise of these galleys is also explained.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Late Middle Ages
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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