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September 1, 1992
9780801845147
English
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Venetian Ships and Shipbuilders of the Renaissance

This major study by Frederic Lane tracks the rise and decline of the great shipbuilding industry of Renaissance Venice. Drawing on a wealth of archival sources, Lane presents detailed descriptions of the Venetian arsenal, including the great galleys that doubled as cargo ships and warships; the sixteenth-century round ships, which introduced dramatic innovations in rigging; and the majestic galleons, whose straight lines and greater speed made them ideal for merchantmen, but whose narrowness made them liable to capsize if loaded with artillery. Additional chapters detail the actual process of ship construction, the organization and activity of the craft guilds, and the development and management of the Arsenal.

About the Author

Frederic C. Lane specialized in medieval history with an emphasis on the Venetian region. He was a professor at Johns Hopkins University and a former president of the American Historical Society.

Reviews

"First published in 1934, this outstanding study of shipbuilding in the Venetian republic, when it was at the height of its power and greatness, has never been surpassed or replaced as the definitive work."

- Lloyd's List

"Even the technical details of shipbuilding and shipyards are made interesting and the rivalries between boatbuilders add color to the story, paralleling the obsessions and occasional dishonesties of modern yachtsmen in search of a world cup. The book is important in the history of shipbuilding, in the history of labor, and in the story of trade and culture."

- L. R. N. Ashley - Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance
Johns Hopkins University Press
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