Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Galeaza or Galleass

Above: A typical galeaza of the mid-16th century.
From: Manuel de pilotage, à l'usage des pilotes bretons, par G. Brouscon (1548)
Source : Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Français 25374

This magnificent depiction from a Breton pilot’s manual is interesting in that the vessel displays the flag of the dauphin, or heir-apparent to the throne of France. Possibly, this vessel belonged to François, 15th dauphin of France and duke François III of Brittany (d. 1536).

The galeaza was larger than a typical galley, but smaller than a galleon. Sharing characteristics of both types, she was equally at home on the inland (Mediterranean) sea and the high seas.

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