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Hello C.M.,

I found a reference to a Mediterranean carrack from around (1380), in a book by Edwin Tunis. But with an internet search I have not been able to find much on it, so I was wondering if you knew of any books or resources that covered medieval ships, particularly carracks in detail. How would I find out the dimensions of this sort of boat?


Hi S, and thank you for your question,

It's not really my area. I assume you checked Wikipedia. If not, try

That article lists a couple of books in the 'References' and 'Further Reading' sections. You can also follow the links of famous carracks, like the 'Santa Maria'. Articles on specific ships include dimensions, especially under 'Santa Maria>Replicas>Quincentennial'. Elsewhere, the Santa Maria is described as a typical carrack.

Hope this helps,


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C.M. Aaron


I've been studying the early medieval period for almost 20 years. In particular, I've studied the fall of the Roman Empire, the barbarian invasions/migrations, early barbarian law codes, the early medieval church, technology of the period, military campaigns and tactics, and some of the early barbarian dynasties, especially the Merovingians in Gaul (France).


Twenty years of self study. I also write historical fiction of this era.

Bachelor's degree.

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