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Sailing ships used in the Crusades

by Nancy
(Scottsdale, AZ)

I write historical fiction.
Could any of the ships used in the early Crusades (c.1100) have had room below deck for passenger cabins? I keep wandering the internet looking up terms like naves, nefs, dromonz, esneccas, cogs etc. The configuration of ships with large rowing crews obviously would not work. But, the sketches I have found of sailing ships do not show below possible below deck designs. Do I need to place all passenger's quarters above deck--even if they are royal?

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May 15, 2012
by: Han

I've written more than I liked on this site about this subject; there was simply NO room below deck, in particular for royals...

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