Venetian galea sottila, late 15th century. Detail from Vittore Carpaccio's Return of the Ambassadors to the English Court (1497–98), Legend of Saint Ursula series. Accademia, Venice. The galea sottile (thin galley) was the typical warship galley of the Mediterranean, 9th-18th C; in peacetime also used for commercial transport of precious goods of small bulk, given the limited availability of space for cargo. Note oars arranged in groups of 3, according to the alla sensile rowing method.