used as war ships some boats called “Sagene”, of Arabian
origin and they were nimble and fast. The Amalfi sailors used, later, the
“galley” with two mastes, two sails and from 108 to 120 sweepers.
Amalfi sailors had also commercial boats, smaller than the first one and
called “Teridi” – “buctio” and “cocca”.
IX century, the Amalfi ship were Known in the Mediterranean Sea; in 849 a
fleet composed also by Amalfi’s
wars ship defended Rome against Saracen invasion. This historical
episode is remembered in the
Vatican Museum, where there is a fresco
by Raffaello Sanzio.