The galleon was developed in Spain in the 16th century as a pure, ocean-going sailing ship and dominated the naval warfare for 2 centuries.


These ships were used especially for the traffic between the colonies and the homeland and used beside Spain later also from Portugal, England and Holland. By developing large ship cannons and removing the oars, it was now possible to integrate several cannon decks and to keep the fighting at a distance.



Darstellung einer spanischen Galeone (links); Cornelis Verbeeck, ca. 1618/1620

Representation of a Spanish galleon (left); Cornelis Verbeeck, c. 1618/1620


Neptune Galeone

Neptune galleon


Geschütze einer Galeone

Guns of a galleon






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