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Galley, La Capitana, Chapmann plate LVIII no.18
About this creation
This is a model of an Italian style galley.
14th century, 1571 or mid. 18th century depending on weight on references or type.
In the Mediterranean in medieval times, the galley was almost synonymous with a warship.
These ships made up the principal warships of the major fleets in the area. Being high-speed vessels, they were also used to chase down pirates.
The type had a late revival in the Baltic were it was used primarily in the conflicts between Russia and Sweden.

It is in minifig-scale or 1:40’ish.
The model will have the dimension Length: 166 cm, Height: 113 cm (with stand), Width: 82 cm (with oars)
There is approx. 16200 bricks in the model.



The galley, true galley or gallee sottili was developed during the 13th and 14th century and the design remained the essentially the same until it was phased out in the early 19th century.

The main characteristics of the model are from La Capitana, a galley of Malta.
The lines, armament, oars and overall arrangement follows the drawings of this ship. These are indexed in Architectura novalis mercatoria (published by Fredrik Henrik af Chapmann in 1768) as: no.18 on plate LVIII



Details, such as color, not provided by Chapmann, are from Real, the flagship of Don John of Austria in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.

In 1971, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the battle, a full size replica of La Real was built and displayed in the Barcelona Maritime Museum where it can be viewed today. This also gives an abundance of accurate picture material to work from.

The details from this Spanish Real compared to the French La Réale from 1694; however, this ship is not a main reference.



A sidenote on the names of the ships:

“Capitana” was the term used for the largest and most prestigious ship of a squadron carrying its commander.

“Real” or “Réale” just indicated these ships as being Royal, or as the main galley of the kingdom/fleet.

This made me wonder: Did these ships have other more common names? -at least among the sailors.


The doctrine of the galley was brutal. The ships would take position abreast and then get on the enemy as fast as possible to engage in melee combat.

This largely dictates the design of the ship. Sleek with 60 oars and some 300 oarsmen, this is a thing built for speed.

The main battery is at the bow, where the main battle would take place. This is also the only armament that is in the linedrawings. These guns were fixed and would only shoot once just before boarding.



This may seem strange, but a galley would cover the effective distance of artillery pieces much faster than the reload time.

I have placed the remaining guns, consisting of 2-pounders and pivot guns, along the side where I figured it made sense.


A boat is starboard. This feature is not on the Linedrawings, but is on the other references as well as on several other galleys, so I figured it to be a galley-thing.


The commander would have his place at the stern.

In front of the commanders quarter is a deck space where additional soldiers, delivered by support ships, were organized.




Comments

 I like it 
  January 12, 2020
Truly phenomenal! Great write-up, too.
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  January 11, 2020
Another beautiful creation!
 I made it 
  January 6, 2020
Quoting Gabor Pauler Incredibly fine details! No need to put there your name...
He he, you are really going all in with the praise regarding my skills. Indeed, it would be a challenge to have correctly proportioned oarsmen. There is both the legs and also the general chunkiness of the minifig every oar is supposed to have 5 of them. Regarding the courtesan, oh yes if I do decide on putting some minifigs on her, there should be something like that. -if it is Spanish, a deformed Hapsburgian heir. –if it is Maltese…
 I made it 
  January 6, 2020
Quoting Subic Vedran What a MOC! Outstanding. As said befor me, couple of figs would give life to chunk of wood.
Thanks, perhaps if she could be considered as being anchored and not having a full crew.
 I made it 
  January 6, 2020
Quoting Ruud Hoogmoed Great build! Perfect shape and excellent use of colors. Comes close to the galeass, around the same period in history. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, as you can see in the description there is a lot of thought put in to both. About period,(galeass) yes at least in the battle of Lepanto.
 I made it 
  January 6, 2020
Quoting BATOH rossi absolutely fantastic job Anders! ... only a few crew members are missing to animate the model :)
Thanks. Do not know if this will ever have a full crew, 300+ minifigs!
 I made it 
  January 6, 2020
Quoting Seaman SPb Lepanto... Excellent ship! Happy New Year, Anders!
Thanks man. Lepanto indeed, at least the Spanish Real.
 I like it 
  January 5, 2020
Incredibly fine details! No need to put there your name: in the MOC world, no one else can build wooden ships with that level of proficiency, the MOC tells your name itself. As now you can build almost anything perfectly from wooden ships, there is one challenge left for you: building the oarsmen. Minifig head and torso is more or less useable, but the legs are the problem, they are disproportionately short. And, if it is a Venetian ship, you should not forget building the high ranking courtesane dames around the commander...
 I like it 
  January 3, 2020
What a MOC! Outstanding. As said befor me, couple of figs would give life to chunk of wood.
 I like it 
  January 3, 2020
Great build! Perfect shape and excellent use of colors. Comes close to the galeass, around the same period in history. Thanks for sharing.
 I like it 
  January 3, 2020
absolutely fantastic job Anders! ... only a few crew members are missing to animate the model :)
 I like it 
  January 3, 2020
Lepanto... Excellent ship! Happy New Year, Anders!
 
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