Author Results for G.B. Rubin de Cervin

The Evolution of the Venetian Gondola

By G.B. Rubin de Cervin

After the first paintings of gondolas in the early sixteenth century, a detailed description published in about 1550, and their much-praised appearance in London in 1661, later paintings show a gradual evolution towards their present appearance. Following the collapse of the Venetian state in 1797, a reduction to one gondolier from two required a handier […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Leisure & Small Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

A Problem in Naval Archaeology

By G.B. Rubin de Cervin

During excavations in Genoa harbour in 1597 the bronze cast-head of a boar was hand dredged to the surface. Historians classified the relic as being the rostrum of a Roman galley. In 1833 it was removed to the ‘Armeria Reale’ of Turin and was labelled as a Roman xystus. Archaeologists seemed to have always overlooked […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Archaeology | Battles & Tactics | Harbours & Dockyards | Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

The Roman Galley of the Tiberine Island

By G.B. Rubin de Cervin

This article describes the stone monument on the Tiberine Island, showing the prow of a Roman galley. History relates that this commemorates the legend that help came to Rome from Aesculapius when a plague was threatening the continued safety of the city.   The stone monument shows details of the construction and decoration of a fighting […] Read More

Filed under: Antiquity | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Art & Music | Ship Models & Figureheads

Galleons and ‘Q’ships in the Spanish Conspiracy against Venice in 1618

By G.B. Rubin de Cervin

The uneasy peace which existed in the eastern Mediterranean early in the 17th century gave rise to pirates and a general state of lawlessness at sea. The article describes the sources of information about the preparations for war which were being made by both the Venetians and the Spanish. Six merchant vessels were chartered from […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy