the dream girl (summersdream) wrote in little_details,
the dream girl

medieval passenger ships

All right, half a day of googling and I'm coming up blank. Hopefully someone here can help!

I'm basing a story event loosely around The White Ship disaster of 1120 (where Henry I's only surviving legitimate son dies, leaving England in the succession crisis when his daughter Maud went up against Stephen, and led to Maud's son Henry becoming king, etc). I know how many people were aboard, the facts of it... but does anyone have any idea of the actual accommodation or layout of such a ship?

Since this story is fantasy, I'll even settle for ideas of passenger accommodation on vessels during Imperial Rome or later Middle Ages? Bearing in mind that there will be a lot of noble passengers on this particular ship.

Thank you!
Tags: uk: history: middle ages, ~boats and other things that float
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