Posted on 25 January 2018
The galleass (known as a “mahon” in Turkey) developed from large merchant galleys. Converted for military use they were higher and larger than regular (“light”) galleys. They had up to 32 oars, each worked by up to 5 men. They usually had three masts and a forecastle and aftcastle. Much effort was made in Venice to make these galleasses as fast as possible to compete with regular galleys.