Ship Name

Galley

Origins/Provenance

Mediterranean

Era

Ancient/Medieval (to 1350)

Primary Propulsion

Human energy

Propulsion Specifications

Rowed

Hull

wooden

Crew

150

Top Speed (knots)

9

Historical Note

A rowable platform for transporting fighting men across relatively calm bodies of water; used extensively in Mediterranean from the Homeric Age until the 16th century. Could operate independent of wind but lacked endurance, cargo capacity and seaworthiness.

Related Vessels

Bireme (350 BC)

Record ID: 259