(Reguidit frae Gailey)

A gaillie is a teep o ship pilet bi oarers that oreeginatit in the eastren Mediterranean Sea an wis uised fur war, mercat an piracy frae the first millennium BC. Gaillies dominatit naval weirfare in the Mediterranean frae the 8t century BC till development o advanced sailin warships in the 17t century. Gaileys focht in the wars o Assirie, auncient Phoenicie, Greece, Carthage an Roum till the 4t century AD. Efter the faw o the Wastren Roman Empire gaillies furmed the mainstay o the Byzantine navy an ither navies o successors o the Roman Empire, as weel as new Muslim navies. Medieval Mediterranean states, notably the Italian maritime republics, includin Venice, Pisa, Genoa an the Ottoman Empire relied on them as the primary weirships o thair fleets till the 17t century, whan thay wis gradually replaced bi sailin warships. Gaillies conteenad tae be applee'd in minor roles in the Mediterranean an the Baltic Sea een aifter the introduction o staem pilet ships in the airly 19t century.

A model o a Maltese design teepical o the 16t century, the last great era o the wargailey

The gaillie engagements at Actium an at Lepanto is amang the maist kenspeckle naval stours in history.