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I am just waiting in terror for some expert to go on the site, then tell me how inaccurate the ship drawings are. There are a few factors against me.
1. All the ships that our grandparents used in the end of the 19th century are gone as far as I know.
2. Marcello Saija has put wonderful pictures in "Mercanti di Mare", but they are usually showing the ships at painfully unrevealing angles.
3. Many of the ships have regional differences, and names that are impossible to find on line or in books on the subject. For instance, I have found plentiful references to Paranza, with many different regional configurations, none from the islands. There are all kinds of references to Paranzello, which I really want to see, but few can show them at a good angle, and most only give a description or are the name of some fish restaurant in Italy.
4. Almost no picture or photo has a decent picture of people in them. It is difficult to get a sense of scale.
as there are different versions for fishing and transport.
I Have to honest with you. I admit that I do not really have a clue when it comes to sailing boats or ships. I have been aboard a number of them, like Old Ironsides, and I have been on Feluccas in the Nile river. But when I look at three different pictures of a boat, it has the same sail arrangement and they all have different names, I am stumped. Of course you have to take into account the hull shape, the rigging and the angle of the masts etc.. But when I am looking at a series of nineteenth century engravings, I get pretty lost. A Bilancella for instance can be 9-12 meters long, or as long as 20 meters when used for cargo. This and other drawings I will post are the best approximation I can come up with. They will just give you an idea.
Here is a prime example of my confusion concerning these boats. I have seen several pictures of boats very like this that are labelled as Bilancelle(Plural) Then I see a picture of a Tartana, which has one mast with two sails and a bow sprit which is elsewhere described as a Bilancella. So I encourage you to look at these for entertainment value, and maybe someday I can clarify the issues. The spar at the back should perhaps have a couple of lines that extend from the end toward the waterline like the bow.