Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Galley, a low, flat-built vessel, originally peculiar to the Mediterranean, having one, two, or three masts with lateen sails, a raised and covered poop and forecastle, and a long open waist, in which, upon one or two tiers of benches, sat slaves, chained to the huge sweeps by means of which the craft was mainly propelled. The galley generally carried guns upon the forecastle, and occasionally also on each quarter. The largest galleys, called galeasses, had a total length of as much as 162 feet, and a beam of 32 feet, with 64 oars and about 350 rowers. The galley of a ship is the general kitchen or cook-room. A galley is also a name given to a light pulling boat, such as is reserved to the use of the commanding-officer of a man-of-war.

“If we would hold the true course in love, our first step must be to turn our eyes not to man, the sight of whom might oftener produce hatred than love, but to God, who requires that the love which we bear to him be diffused among all mankind, so that our fundamental principle must ever be, Let a man be what he may, he is still to be loved because God is loved.”
–Calvin, Institutes