Friday, January 21, 2011
Roman "Cordita" -- Merchant Vessel
There is no discovered ship of this type and so the drawing is resolved through pictures found in various places in the Roman world. The ship was believed to be stoutly built and fairly slow in speed. The length to width ratio was about about 3 to 1. Ships of this type on occasion reached a large size, in one explanation was rated at nearly 1,000 tons of cargo. However, most of these ships were built for a more modest load of 300 to 500 tons.
H. B. Culver, "The Book of Old Ships," Dover Publishing, New York, 1992