of Huriah (Hip) Levys is incredible. It made me think about how relevant a few have been instrumental to the progress in the naval history
The Phoenicians and the Vikings were the only one stretching beyond the scope
of coastal navigation
, and Micronesians might be added too...
Romans defeated Chartago on the sea, as Augustus/Pompeo did in Alessandria vs. M.Anthony, thus conquering a millennial civilization.
In the naval clash of Lepanto (1580s approx.) the Muslim hordes were rejected off Europe
Venice was unique in adopting free men
in its battle-ships, whilst using slaves was the rule
since ever.. Venice 'democracy' was set in approx. 900AC and lasted another 900years..
The Dutch, Spaniards and Brits (and Portugueses and Dutch too) established and ruled empires based on the Navy solely...
Sir W.Raleigh, Magellan
, Vasco De Gama sported incredible ardiment, bravery and stamina.
To this respect, Magellan
and Cook shine as stars apart, imo. They faced incredible challenges and set navigation
skills beyond their own time.
I still have in my eyes a picture sporting King Edward pulling a bow-line among his mariners, being, the king, suited alike!
It tells all about the tribute and respect the Monarchy pays to its Navy.
Having a personal Hero among sailors tells much about our personality, integrity and character...