The potential performance of ancient Mediterranean sailing rigs

Whitewright, Julian (2011) The potential performance of ancient Mediterranean sailing rigs. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 40, (1), 2-17. (doi:10.1111/j.1095-9270.2010.00276.x).


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A common statement in the academic literature relating to the ancient Mediterranean is that the lateen/settee rig superseded the Mediterranean square-sail because it provided superior upwind performance, greater manoeuvrability and higher overall speed. This statement has been repeated so often that it is now commonly accepted. Research by the author sets out to develop an insight into the relative performance of both types of rig, based on historical sources, ethnographic records and the performance of representative, full-size sailing vessels. This allows a reassessment to be made of the underlying reasons behind the adoption of the lateen/settee rig in the Mediterranean.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1095-9270.2010.00276.x
ISSNs: 1057-2414 (print)
1095-9270 (electronic)
Keywords: sailing performance, square-sail, lateen, settee, mediterranean
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
V Naval Science > V Naval Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Archaeology
ePrint ID: 204793
Date :
Date Event
March 2011Published
18 May 2010Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2011 14:44
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:47

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