Ship Name

Carrack [Noa]

Type

Commercial/Military

Origins/Provenance

Europe

Era

Europe's Reconnaissance (1351-1640)

Year Launched

1450

Home Waters

North Sea/Baltic/Atlantic

Function

Commercial

Primary Propulsion

Wind/Sail

Propulsion Specifications

3-masted; square-rigged

Hull

wooden; castle on deck aft

Historical Note

Replaced the cog as principal ship in Northern European waters in 15th century; "castles" in bow and stern; keel and rounded hull. Columbus's Santa Maria of the type; also called by Spanish a noa. Meets technical definition of a "ship."

Related Images

external image tn_carrack.jpg
Evolved from Northern European cog; larger ,less maneuverable than caravel
Image Id: 1909 I