Author Results for Sergio Bellabarba

The Origins of the Ancient Methods of Designing Hulls: A Hypothesis Part II

By Sergio Bellabarba

A follow-on to the author’s article in the Mariner’s Mirror August 1993, this suggests a letter to Charles I of Anjou (King of Sicily) in 1275 confirms the existence of well-established methods of galley construction, survived from ancient times and possibly a carry-over from the crusade of 1204, and yet evolving from ‘shell-first’ to (load-bearing) […] Read More

Filed under: Early Middle Ages | Late Middle Ages | Antiquity | High Middle Ages | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Riddles: The Enigmas of ‘Orza’ and ‘Poggia’

By Sergio Bellabarba

These two terms were used to describe rigging elements in mediaeval ships of the Mediterranean. This is an etymological and historiographic study which attempts to arrive at an exact definition of these not very well understood terms. Read More

Filed under: Medieval | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

The Origins of the Ancient Methods of Designing Hulls Part I

By Sergio Bellabarba

Through the study of medieval age’s plans, the shipbuilding evolution in Venice and Mediterranean Sea is analysed. A set of simple rules with numerical instructions as curves, radius and arcs of a circle to determine the shape of the hulls is used in the shipyards until the evolution to a more recent method of drawings. Read More

Filed under: Early Middle Ages | Late Middle Ages | Antiquity | High Middle Ages | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

The Square-Rigged Ship of the Fabrica Di Galere Manuscript Part II

By Sergio Bellabarba

  The important Venetian MS known as the Fabrica di Galere contains a quantity of information about early 15th century (or late 14th century) shipbuilding which to date has been completely neglected. The paper deals with the nave quadra, the square rigged ship, which is of particular interest having a square-rigged main mast and a […] Read More

Filed under: High Middle Ages | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

The Square-Rigged Ship of the Fabrica Di Galere Manuscript Part I

By Sergio Bellabarba

This Venetian manuscript contains information on early 15c shipbuilding, particularly of a two masted vessel. With a square-sail on the main and lateen on the mizzen, it is one of the fore-runners of the three-masted ship. The hull and burthen figures permit the lines to be reconstructed, giving a fine seaworthy shape. The central rudder […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Art & Music | Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design