Ame Posted March 8, 2014 Share #1 Posted March 8, 2014 Reading about the history of the galley one thing I wonder is; when exactly was the galley obsolete as a fighting vessel? By galley I mean all oared warships; so it includes the precious archipelago frigates Sweden and Russia used in the Baltic Sea against each other to the end of the 18th century. At what point did they become so hopelessly useless as a military vessel that the ability to go against weather, possible speed and some advantage in pursuing civilian vessels in the Mediterranean, Black, and Baltic sea no longer justify keeping them as an effective force in anything but name? Obviously 1748 is a good date to start for an answer; but could a galley have been considered useful as anything besides a hellish prison prior to that? If not what was the real (as opposed to official) date when they became obsolete before that, I just have a problem imagining ships that a medieval sailor would recognize weren't obsolete before 1748, and wondering if someone with more knowledge of Mediterranean Naval History then me could say when the real date of they became obsolete as a weapon of war to the point of no longer being used/seeing action was, or if I'm wrong tell me how they could have remained useful for war in 1735. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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