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A '''ship''' is a sea vessel.  This is not to be confused with a boat, which is also a sea vessel.  The rule of thumb is,
 
  "A boat can fit onto a ship, but a ship cannot fit onto a boat." 
 
So, a ship is just a huge boat.  During the age of sail ([[SCA]] [[period]]), a ship was any vessel with three square-sail masts and a bowspirit (the little pole jutting out in front).
 
 
 
==Ships in History==
 
==Ships in History==
 
Since man could dig out a log, he has been making ships.  Over the years, they have taken different shapes.  Early ships were simply big boats, with expansions on either side to increase space (the catamaran is a perfect example).  Biremes and triremes were ships used first by the Hellenes and were used in differing forms until the [[14th century]], mostly under the term "Galley".  Galleys were then rendered obsolete by the more powerful "Man o' War".  In the [[Viking]] lands, [[longship]]s were predominant.
 
Since man could dig out a log, he has been making ships.  Over the years, they have taken different shapes.  Early ships were simply big boats, with expansions on either side to increase space (the catamaran is a perfect example).  Biremes and triremes were ships used first by the Hellenes and were used in differing forms until the [[14th century]], mostly under the term "Galley".  Galleys were then rendered obsolete by the more powerful "Man o' War".  In the [[Viking]] lands, [[longship]]s were predominant.
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===Famous Period Ships===
 
===Famous Period Ships===
* Santa Maria
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* [[Santa Maria]]
 
* [[Francis Drake|Golden Hind]]
 
* [[Francis Drake|Golden Hind]]
* Mary Rose
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* [[Mary Rose]]
 
* [[Longship|Long Serpent]]
 
* [[Longship|Long Serpent]]
  
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==Reproduction Ships==
 
==Reproduction Ships==
*Duyfken ([[16th century|16th]]-[[17th century]])
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*[http://www.vikingeskibsmuseet.dk/page.asp?sideid=203&zcs=402 Sea Stallion] ([[11th century]])
*Batavia ([[17th century]])
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*[http://www.duyfken.com Duyfken] ([[16th century|16th]]-[[17th century]])
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*[http://www.bataviawerf.nl/en/index.html Batavia] ([[17th century]])
  
 
==Ships in the SCA==
 
==Ships in the SCA==
Obviously, due to an utter lack of real sea battles, ships are rather uncommon in the [[SCA]].  But, that doesn't mean you can't be knowlegeable about ships, or even crew one! A [[Viking]] who knows diddly-squat about the [[Longship]] would be laughed out of his own community.  Perhaps your [[persona]] owns, [[household|crews]], or captains one of these vessels.
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Obviously, due to an utter lack of real sea battles, ships are rather uncommon in the [[SCA]].  But, that doesn't mean you can't be knowlegeable about ships. A [[Viking]] who knows nothing about [[longship]]s would be laughed out of his own community.  Perhaps your [[persona]] owns, sails on, or captains one of these vessels.
  
 
==Terminology==
 
==Terminology==
Obviously, if you are a sea dog, you have to sound like one!
 
 
*''Fleet'', ''Flotilla''- A group of ships.
 
*''Fleet'', ''Flotilla''- A group of ships.
 
**''Armada'' - A group of military ships ([[Spanish]]).
 
**''Armada'' - A group of military ships ([[Spanish]]).
**''Convoy'' - A group of [[merchant]] or trade ships.
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**''Convoy'' - A group of [[merchant]] or supply ships.
 
**''[[Navy]]'' - A group of military ships.
 
**''[[Navy]]'' - A group of military ships.
 
*''Bottom'' - The ship, sans [[sail]]s or mast or rigging; i.e. the hull and decks.
 
*''Bottom'' - The ship, sans [[sail]]s or mast or rigging; i.e. the hull and decks.
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*''Deck'' - Floor or level of ship.
 
*''Deck'' - Floor or level of ship.
 
*''Rigging'' - All the [[rope]]s and such.
 
*''Rigging'' - All the [[rope]]s and such.
*''Maidenhead'' - The decorative [[carving]] on the bow of many ships.
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*''Figurehead'' - The decorative [[carving]] on the bow of many ships.
 
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''See also:''
 
''See also:''
 
* [[Pirate]]
 
* [[Pirate]]
 
* [[Corsair]]
 
* [[Corsair]]
*[[Viking]]
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* [[Viking]]
 
[[category:artefact (medieval)]]
 
[[category:artefact (medieval)]]

Latest revision as of 18:44, 14 January 2011

Ships in History

Since man could dig out a log, he has been making ships. Over the years, they have taken different shapes. Early ships were simply big boats, with expansions on either side to increase space (the catamaran is a perfect example). Biremes and triremes were ships used first by the Hellenes and were used in differing forms until the 14th century, mostly under the term "Galley". Galleys were then rendered obsolete by the more powerful "Man o' War". In the Viking lands, longships were predominant.

List of Period Ships

Famous Period Ships

Famous Period Captains

Reproduction Ships

Ships in the SCA

Obviously, due to an utter lack of real sea battles, ships are rather uncommon in the SCA. But, that doesn't mean you can't be knowlegeable about ships. A Viking who knows nothing about longships would be laughed out of his own community. Perhaps your persona owns, sails on, or captains one of these vessels.

Terminology

  • Fleet, Flotilla- A group of ships.
    • Armada - A group of military ships (Spanish).
    • Convoy - A group of merchant or supply ships.
    • Navy - A group of military ships.
  • Bottom - The ship, sans sails or mast or rigging; i.e. the hull and decks.
  • Sail - Unit of ship; e.g. "The English have a fleet of 50 sail". Also, the thing that makes most ships go.
  • Bow - Front of ship.
  • Stern - Back of ship.
  • Starboard - Right side of ship.
  • Port - Left side of ship.
  • Deck - Floor or level of ship.
  • Rigging - All the ropes and such.
  • Figurehead - The decorative carving on the bow of many ships.

See also: