Re: [MedievalSawdust] Rope Bed
- Chris...Shipboard life is something that gets my interest rising... but isn't something I"ve really studied much. You've mentiond that there isn't extant evidence of hammocks... but what would be 'reasonable crew sizes' and what, if any evidence other than the on reed pad, does the archeological/historic record show the brought on board other than, perhaps, a sea chest or sea bag? (I'm ex-Navy and I've always been a bit fascinated by Naval History in various forms...)What kind of quarters were crew normally afforded and how much 'personal gear' did they bring on board? Did accomodation vary depending on the function of the ship?Do you have some suggested sources that would be a good place (beyond the Mary Rose books) to start mining for info on this topic...Thanks - Chas.
- everytime I have heard any details about the number of
crew it took for a 'ship of the line' and the numbers
of crew and passengers that were crammed onto the
ships that laned at Jamestown it has AMAZED me how
many people were on the ships.
Is that a later develpoment from the Elizabethian
sailing ships? Did ships at that time have smaller
crews? 'Cause if they had to have framed beds for all
those people there would not have been room to put the
people on once the beds were loaded....
Baron Conal O'hAirt / Jim Hart
Aude Aliquid Dignum
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