Greek Sacelova


Greek Sacelova: (scroll down for a more detailed Description)

Published c. 1970 by Hempel’s Marine Paints; a Hugh Evelyn © print drawn by Scottish marine artist John Gardner (1930-2010)
Size: c. 43 x 35  cm [17″ x 14″] (may vary slightly from printers’ cut 50 years ago)
Printed on high white matt cardstock 135 g/sm²
Print is LARGE size – shipping is the same for 1 to 10 prints (based on largest print size in your order) – see Shipping & Returns.

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The “Sakoleva” or sacoleva (named for the sail) is a special type of square sail, commonly used in the Aegean Sea and many of the Eastern Mediterranean ports. The original word “Sakolefea” as a type of sail, was first encountered in Byzantine texts and was originally used to denote a form of cloak. Because of this unique sail, any kind of vessel having this rigging is named as “Sakoleva”. Its main characteristic is a diagonal yard which is used to hold the sail open. The vessel shown here is probably a form of tserniki, with its dramatically raked stem probably based on a Turkish boat called a tsikirne (but Turkish boat builders reckon the tsikirne came from Greece whilst others suggest Danube origins). Whether they were double ended or transom-sterned is disputed—but everyone agrees that the stems were dramatically raked. They often used a sprit rig sacoleva that dates back to the 2nd to 3rd century A.D. and is thought to have originated in Turkey

Additional information

Weight 0.0154 kg
Dimensions 43.9 × 35.5 cm