Forestry practices and hull design, ca. 1400-1700

Wherever ships have been built, the acquisition of shipbuilding materials has left an archival trail and the eyes of historians have thus turned naturally to the relation between forests and shipbuilding. Their studies reveal the state's growing interest in forestry from the 15th to the 17th centuries, mostly in support of national shipbuilding programmes. The precocious Mediterranean, as the examples of Venice and Genoa demonstrate, intensified :he exploitation of oak forests at the end of the middle ages.
Brad Loewen
Research associate, University of Paris-I

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