The Mysterious Hulc

By Basil Greenhill, published February 2000


The study of the development and structure of medieval ships has for many years relied on iconographic evidence and the hulc in particular has proved different from other types with its characteristic dish like shape and ‘reversed’ clinker construction.  Any recognised remains have yet to be found in Europe but various forms, some very close to medieval depictions, can be found in Bangladesh. Evidence suggests there is a possibility that the ancient hulc form was developed in northern Europe along similar lines but was overtaken by the development of frame based hull construction.

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Filed under: Baltic | Medieval | English Channel | North Sea | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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