Court Cossacks built without decks and a length of 50 to 70 feet. The nose and the feed they were sharp. Boats outside caulked, vysmalivali for more tied with the fortress around the stern to nose, with hawthorn woven ropes, and to cover from enemy fire a rope tied to bypass tolety - reed bundles strapped tightly across. In order not to lose time at full turn back, each boat was equipped with two rudders. In good weather, a little mast was put up at a sail yards, which helped to move with a fair wind. Wesel happened to forty. Typically, the boat sat from 60 to 100 Cossacks. Armed with 4-5 cannons such boats were lighter and more maneuverable Turkish galleys.
Dio Chrysostom: Discourses 37-60 (Loeb Classical Library No. 376)
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