It must be established that there are different theories about the etymological origin of the term galley. Thus, there are some that indicate that it derives from the Greek, specifically from “galeá”, which was used to refer to the selacian fish.
On the other hand, there are those that establish that it emanates directly from Latin, specifically from “galea”, which can be translated as “helmet”.
In the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) there are fifteen meanings of the term galley. The first meaning mentioned refers to a boat that has sails and also oars.
The galley, therefore, can be driven by the wind or by the force of the rowers. The oars, in fact, constitute its main propellant, the sail acting as an auxiliary element.
Nowadays, any old sailing and rowing boat is known as a galley, usually used for the war. These boats are characterized by their lightness and their great length.
A example galley is The real, used by the coalition known as Holy league on the Battle of Lepanto (1571). Of this gallery, the largest of its time, there is a replica that is exhibited in the Maritime Museum from Barcelona.
A galley is also called a car large horse-drawn. The galleys have four wheels and can carry six to eight people.
In the same way, we cannot ignore that galera is the name given to a specific type of seafood. We are referring specifically to the stomatopod crustacean that responds to the scientific name of “Squilla mantis”.
Although it does not have much meat, it is considered to have a very rich flavor, it has eight pairs of appendages and has a size that can reach 20 centimeters. To all this we must add that it is carnivorous, that it can be found both in the Atlantic and in the Mediterranean and that its habitat is the stony bottom.
Another use of galley is linked to a hat of Cup. Also known as sparkle, the galley stands out for its large wing and flat top, being very popular in the XIX century already at the beginning of twentieth century.
Currently the galley is used only on formal occasions, especially when the man is wearing tuxedo. Its use is also preserved in the field of show and entertainment: many magicians and some musicians often wear a top hat on stage. The magicians, in fact, they use the galley in certain tricks, making elements appear from within it. This action is responsible for the origin of the expression “Get something out of the galley”, used when someone says or does something unforeseen.
In addition to everything indicated, we cannot ignore either that Galera is a surname. Thus, for example, in Spain the Madrid actress Elia Galera (1973) is well known, who has worked in series such as “The past is tomorrow”, “Central Hospital”, “Frágiles”, “Amar es para siempre” or ” Acacias 38 ”. In the field of cinema, he has starred in the film “The ugliest woman in the world” (1999), directed by Miguel Bardem, and has had his roles in other feature films such as “The seventh day” (2004).