Swedish Kravel Galleon from the Middle of the Sixteenth Century


Swedish Kravel (carvel) Galleon: small 15th century sailing ship first used by the Portuguese for exploration) (scroll down for a more detailed Description)

Published 1963 by Hugh Evelyn; drawn by Swedish marine artist Gordon Macfie (1910-1971) for Tre Tryckare of Gothenburg (who retain copyright)
Print size: c 44 cm x 33.5 cm [17½″ x 13″]  (may vary slightly from printers’ cut 50 years ago)
Printed on light orange (RGB c. fdf1dd) cardstock c. 300 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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Given that this print is 55 years old the identity of this vessel is a mystery. It does not appear to be either the famous Vasa or the Mars so it is perhaps a creation based on a written description from an earlier text. The word Kravel (or carvel in English) refers to a type of construction where hull planks are fastened edge to edge, gaining support from the frame and forming a smooth surface. In contrast with clinker-built hulls, where planked edges overlap, carvel construction gives a stronger hull, capable of taking a variety of full-rigged sail plans, albeit one of greater weight. In addition, it enables greater length and breadth of hull and superior sail rigs because of its strong framing and is one of the critical developments that led to the pre-eminence of Western European sea power during the Age of Sail and beyond.

Additional information

Weight 0.03 kg
Dimensions 44 × 33.5 cm