Ragusian Galleon "Argosy" 1:59MA953
A galleon was a sailing vessel used for war and commerce during 16th and 17th centuries. Usually it had two decks and a sloped cut-off stern that housed a two to three storey quarterdeck.
First galleons of the 16th century were primarily warships. A big galleon in the beginning of the 17th century had three or four masts and a bowsprit. Under the bowsprit stretched a sprit sail. A fore mast's height was ¾ of the waterline's length and carried three sails. A main mast was as tall as the waterline length and carried three sails as well. A small mizzen mast was located in the middle of a poop deck and it was as tall as half of the main mast and it carried one lateen sail. Sometimes there was a fourth mast, bonaventure mizzen. It also carried a lateen sail. On each mast there was a crow's nest.
Merchant galleons were used for long oversea voyages to the newly discovered lands. The most preserved galleons are Spanish and Ragusian, they were mostly used for the transport of silver from Peru and Mexico. They sailed in large fleets.
The word "argosy" is derived from the 16th century city Ragusa (now Dubrovnik, Croatia) which was a major naval power at that time.
- Scale 1:59.
- Assembled length is 28.25" (717mm).
- Structural wooden parts are laser cut to simplify assembly. (There are 9 laser cut billets)
- Single plank-on-bulkhead hull. The hull planks are made of walnut.
- The sails are embroidered on the cloth.
- Different diameters of black and tan threads for standing and running rigging.
- Ship stand with nameplate.
- Ship plans (two large sheets).
- Assembly instructions in English.
- This kit is designed for experiences builders.
- Made in Croatia by MarisStella.