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Inside an Elizabethan Sailing Ship

In 1588, when an attempt by Philip II of Spain to invade England with the Spanish Armada was famously defeated, the English fleet mostly consisted of 500-tonne race-built galleons designed to function as floating gun-platforms. This detailed infographic shows exactly what went on below and above deck on those beasts (click to enlarge).

inside elizabethan era sailing ship

Here’s a Spanish galleon, for comparison.

galleon cutaway

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