Probably commissioned by the publisher Hieronymus Cock, Pieter Brueghel drew a number of ship types around 1561-1562 as an example for the engraver Frans Huys, and a total of eleven different prints by Huys after Brueghel are known. This print shows three large armed sailing ships and the foreground on the right shows a scene from the story of Arion and the dolphins. Arion was a renowned Greek poet and zither player from the seventh century BC. During a sea voyage, he was robbed of his possessions by the crew and threatened with death. He asked permission to play a song for the last time and dolphins came swimming in to listen to him. At the conclusion of his play, Arion jumped into the sea and was brought safely to land by the dolphins.