Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Danish Cog -- 14th Century -- "Skamtrup"
The reconstruction of this vessel diagram comes to us from a 14th century fresco which is located in the Danish church at "Skamtrup." The design of this vessel has a certain number of similarities to the earlier Viking Warships. It may be that the decorations found on the quarterdeck indicate that it is a warship. Neither the stern nor fore castles are an integral part of the ship's design. Note the rudder is hung from the stern post.
Attlio Cucari, "Sailing Ships," Rand McNally, Chicago, 1978