The Gun and Corsia of Early Modern Mediterranean Galleys: Design issues and rationales

  title={The Gun and Corsia of Early Modern Mediterranean Galleys: Design issues and rationales},
  author={Joseph Eliav},
  journal={The Mariner's Mirror},
  pages={262 - 274}
An early modern Mediterranean galley carried its main piece of artillery on a wheelless mount inside the raised centreline gangway (the corsia). The gun mount stood on two well-lubricated rails that sloped downwards from fore to aft. In its firing position, the gun was in the bows and when fired recoil propelled it all the way to the mainmast, where it collided with a stout buffer placed there to prevent damage to the mast. After reloading the gun in that position, the crew hauled it back to… Expand
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