Venetian Naval Architecture about 1550

By Frederick Chapin Lane, published February 1934


Three different types of ships were called galleons, galioni by the Venetians: the warships used on the rivers, the large round-ships designed especially for military use, and a type of Cretan merchantman. Apparently the effort to construct ships which would be fast under sail and would carry a heavy load of ordnance on the upper deck and castles led to the building of unstable vessels. The large round-ships used in commerce were commonly called nave. They were not built in the arsenal but in the private shipyards of Venice.

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Filed under: High Middle Ages | Other (Early Modern) | Mediterranean | Shipwrecks
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Harbours & Dockyards | Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

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