Ship Name

Fore and Aft Rigged Vessel


All Eras

Primary Propulsion


Historical Note

Sailing vessel rigged so triangular or trapezoid sails sets parallel to ship's centerline. This arrangement permits vessel to be sailed effectively with wind on the or slightly forward of the beam. Vessel pulled forward by partial vacuum created on the forward surface of the sails. Crew requirements less than a square rigger and does not require crew aloft.

Related Images

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Date: 1891
Image ID: 792 I
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Atlantis, RV
Research vessel operating out of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Related Source:On Almost Any Wind: The Saga of the Oceanographic Research vessel Atlantis
Image ID: 1239 I

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Melonseed Skiff
Gunning skiff with Shallow draft for negotiating shallow waters; a sprit rig for more sail space without requiring tall mast.
Related Glossary: Boat, sprit rig,
Image ID: 1299

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Record ID: 303