Friday, 9 April 2021

Another look at the Yenikapi ships

 Another vid which gives a look at the Yenikapi ships.

This time from INA -Institute for Nautical Archaeology.

There is some coverage of the war-galley/ dromon wreck.YK4.

Click picture for link.

Monday, 5 April 2021

The Yenikapi Ships

Many wrecks have been found in Constaninople harbour deposits.
Information dribbles out...frustratingly slowly and primarily in Turkish of course.

This excellent Odyssey programme gives an overview.

Click foto for YouTube link

A bit later than my main period of interest but 36 ships canot be sneezed at.

Wish they had focussed more on the warships of course.

Tuesday, 30 March 2021


 I have finally ventured into YouTubeian waters.

Click to vist - else use LINKS LIST  at left

Dare you follow ? -like Livy said, it is easy to lose one's footing and get submerged!

LINK in LINKS LIST to left  <----

Only four vids so far, but they are the first four I ever made so they are there warts and all.

The channel is WAR-GALLEYS OF CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY rather than Rams Ravens and Wrecks because the blog name produces very wierd things on searches due to American football, ornithologists and sheep botherers....

ALSO NOTE : I put the internal blog search function   ON RIGHT  --->

Easier to find stuff last...I hope.

Monday, 15 March 2021

Triakonteres get an outing

 I finally painted some of my 1/1000 triakonteres so they could star in a project.

Some better photos to follow.

Cruising up the Crissaean Gulf as support/supply vessels along with Corinthian stratiotoi carrying hoplites on deck...

Monday, 8 March 2021

Mariner's Park and Museum : Galleys and Rams

 I say nothing... watch and learn

'The Development of European Ironclads'

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

MARINER'S MUSEUM AND PARK : NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA : learning about Africa's maritime history

Mariner's Museum and Park in Va. USA periodically emits youtube vids. I have followed their series on the US Civil War - Ironclads etc. Great stuff.

Then B&%¤# History Month occurred. 

I have no wish to be overly critical to newbie YOUtubers. Or people unused to public speaking. Or people new to a subject. However. The 'interpretation' and education department of the museum has produced videos of a quality which is quite stunning. They stun me. Watching them left me stunned.

Is it just me? Am I too old and too fussy? Is my perspective warped by being immersed in the subject?

Are these vids aimed at school children? If they are....are they suitable?

I will say no more try to watch through these vids and make an evaluation..are these museum-quality productions? Do they prove Africa has an important maritime heritage? 

Remember this is a 'maritime' museum. 


The Nile

The Swahili Coast

I hope you got something out of the exercise.

Saturday, 13 February 2021


 Find in a Serbian quarry by the Danube.

Read story here and see video at  HERE