Sea Castles – Spanish Galleons

This Spanish Galleon Model Just Arrived

Spanish Galleon model - beautiful - at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

This beautiful model from a local estate just arrived this past week at Bahoukas. It’s an 18 gun, 3 masts with 15 sails.

Construction

Galleons were constructed from oak (for the keel), pine (for the masts) and various hardwoods for hull and decking. Hulls were usually carvel-built. The expenses involved in galleon construction were enormous. Hundreds of expert tradesmen (including carpenters, pitch-melters, blacksmiths, coopers, shipwrights, etc.) worked day and night for months before a galleon was seaworthy. To cover the expense, galleons were often funded by groups of wealthy businessmen who pooled resources for a new ship. Therefore, most galleons were originally consigned for trade, although those captured by rival states were usually put into military service.

The most common gun used aboard a galleon was the demi-culverin, although gun sizes up to demi-cannon were possible.

Because of the long periods often spent at sea and poor conditions on board, many of the crew often perished during the voyage; therefore advanced rigging systems were developed so that the vessel could be sailed home by an active sailing crew a fraction of the size aboard at departure.   …From Wikipedia

Spanish Galleon model - the castles of the sea!

This model is 51 inches long, 41 inches tall, and 8 inches wide. All wood. An absolutely exquisite model. We do not know who built her, but she’s a beauty!

The most distinguishing features of the galleon include the long prominent beak or beakhead followed by a fore-mast and main-mast, both noticeably taller than the single or double lateen-rigged mizzenmasts with their sloped lateen-rig yards, and below those the square Quarter gallery at the stern. On average with three masts, in larger galleons, a fourth mast was added, usually another lateen-rigged mizzen, called the bonaventure mizzen.    …From Wikipedia

a closer view of the Spanish Galleon model at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace MD

Here’s a wee bit closer view. She presently sits in our front window. Stop by and check her out. When the called Spanish Galleons – “Sea Castles” – it’s easy to understand when you see this model. Click this link for a little more history from Pirates & Privateers blog.

Of course, always amazing ‘finds’ at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace!

Tucked Amid Collectibles – AFRICAN ART!

Art and Bahoukas – unique collectibles!

African Art pieces available at Bahoukas

Several of these pieces are from Ghana. They’re tucked here and there throughout the store. We gathered a few pieces of our beautiful art for you for this photo (apologies for the blur). There are many wonderful items from around the world. You’ll find the perfect art for your home or office.

The Secret?

… leaving yourself plenty of time to browse our more than 9,000 sq ft of amazing antiques and collectibles. There are many, many, more beautiful art pieces to be discovered. Will we see you soon!?