The Templars and Maritime ActivitiesLondon Regalia 2
The Templars and Maritime Activities
Hugues de Payens established military order with eighty relatives and acquaintances which became known as the Knights Templar. The Knights of the Temple had no incentive to invest in maritime activities in the Mediterranean at first. In starting Knight templars don’t interest in maritime activities. The goal is in the Middle ages Knight templars to protect European pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land.
Knight templars have surveyed the quays of Acre and Jaffa, where Western pilgrims landed on their way to the Holy Places. In the 12th century, templars got 20 coastal commanders. They communicate through the sea. The majority of these Commanderies had direct sea access.
The Templars’ relationship with the seas began in 1162, Knight templars import tons of iron from Itlay to Acre. After Few years the order obtains fleets in France to export wine to England. The Templars relied heavily on the sea for the transportation of men and goods. Brothers had to be sent to the East. They used their own merchant ships and vessels.
The templars were also employed as envoys by kings and popes. Because of the Order’s experience, kings and princes have used Templars in maritime matters on occasion. Only some reference provides that the templars fighting in the sea at west. The templars were moved to a small group to Holy Land but in the passing of time, they convert a large group. It is not clear whether the Templars were involve in the building of vessels.