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Polacre a voille

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Arthur H. Clark Collection
Object type: engraving
Maker: Randon; Sbonski de Passebon, Henri
Place made: France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Marseilles
Date made: 1720
Materials: ink; laid paper; cloth
Measurements: 17 in x 22 1/4 in
Nomenclature: French; polaccas
Classification: vessel depictions

A copperplate engraving from the book titled, 'Plan de plusieurs bâtimens de mer avec leurs proportions dedié à Son Altesse Serenissime Monseigneur Louis Auguste de Bourbon' (Marseille: c. 1720) by the French Captain Henri Sbonski de Passebon. The book was a collection of naval architecture prints. The print depicts a type of 17th-century ship called a polacca (or polacre) similar to the xebec. The polacca was frequently sailed in the Mediterranean and had two or three single-pole masts. Three-masted vessels, as the one depicted in this print, were often with a lateen hoisted on a forward-slanted foremast and a gaff or lateen on the mizzen mast. The mainmast was square-rigged. A small and large oriflamme flies from the main mast. A small lateen-rigged sailing vessel and a fortress on a mountainous shore flank the polacre on the left and right side of the print. There is a watermark of a sun with a face and another watermark of three or more letters visible on the verso.


CC-R-0023

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