My French is a little (O.K., a lot) rusty, but I think the title translates to “An Ancient Galley of 36 benches of oars with five rowers per bench.
While most people think of galleys as an ancient vessel, the type was used well into the Middle Ages by European powers. Their shallow draft and oar propulsion meant they could maneuver in shallow waters and closer to shore than traditional square-sailed vessels.
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