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Balinger

  • Ship
  • Less than 1 min

By Crusader1307

Seen as early as the 13th Century, Balinger's were small vessels that were extremely common in fishing commerce in the 15th and 16th Centuries. Weighing less than 100 tons, these were shallow draught vessels. Originally a “multi-purpose” vessel, they could be oar equipped or sail (wind powered). They were found to be especially good for close quarter fighting. The English Royal Navy used Balinger's for troop and equipment transport (especially in ship to ship transfer). On average, a Balinger could hold up to a compliment of 30 sailors. They could range in size from 45 to 55 feet in length with a beam of 15 to 25 feet. They were often made of oak.