Naalin’s Ship is a Cog


In book three Naalin becomes a central figure as she finds herself tending addled reborn elves in Eldelórne. She and Roevash rebuild one of the derelict ships in the harbor and she calls it, “Dhe Talar.” The name means “The Beast,” which is a tongue-in-cheek reference to her husband Roe. It is good to see the pictures in order to imagine how a small crew of three or four could work the sails.

Author’s research into parts of Naalin’s ship and how it works.
A rare sight. A working cog

cog is a type of ship that first appeared in the 10th century, and was widely used from around the 12th century on. Cogs were clinker-built, generally of oak, which was an abundant timber in the Baltic region of Prussia. This vessel was fitted with a single mast and a square-rigged single sail. These vessels were mostly associated with seagoing trade in medieval Europe, especially the Hanseatic League, particularly in the Baltic Sea region. They ranged from about 15 to 25 meters (49 to 82 ft) in length with a beam of 5 to 8 meters (16 to 26 ft), and the largest cog ships could carry up to about 200 tons

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