The Whipstaff

By John Harland, published February 2011


John Harland described the way in which our understanding of the working of the whipstaff has changed over the period of the publication of the Mirror, and outlined the ways in which the whipstaff was used in vessels of steadily increasing size until the value of the lever was outweighed by the method becoming impractical. The Vasa is quoted as evidence of the development of the whipstaff, and compared with dozens of contemporary illustrations of its use. The use of relieving tackles leads on to the introduction of the steering wheel.

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Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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