21 :: Galleon (late 16th century)

The galleon is famous. It ruled the seas for 150 years, from 1550 to 1700. In pith and substance, it is a ship made for combat, riding low on the water, fitted with fore and aft castles. Fast and relatively easy to handle, it is nonetheless robust enough to survive ocean voyages and spend substantial amounts of time away from the coasts. A descendant of the galley, it is a forerunner of the war vessel.


Lecouvie renders well the importance of the armament, though he forgets that, without gunport covers, water will flow into the ship. The foc’sle is heavy and the bowsprit lacks support at its base. But those are technical elements that take nothing from the art of conjuration and causing to love.