Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Northern Cog -- 1336 -- "Christophe de la Tour"
This cog was built for the King of England and captured by the French in 1338. Length - 95 feet, Beam - 16 feet, Depth - 11 feet, displacement -186 tons, Armament - 5 bombards, Crew - 60 sailors and 135 soldiers.
The bow and stern of the vessel are both pointed, and it is a "clinker" built ship. The vessel was used for both warfare and mercantile purposes. Note the fore and aft castles for warfare and dealing with pirates. The rudder is a lateral rudder.
Attilio Cucari, "Sailing Ships," Rand McNally, Chicago, 1978