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A yawl was a small ship’s boat.

Yawls had a single mast, and could also be rowed with four or six oars. They were most commonly used to carry ship’s stores, provisions and passengers to and from a ship.

The hull of a yawl was usually constructed so that the lower edge of every plank in its sides over-laid the upper edge of the plank immediately below. This way of constructing the sides of a boat was called clink-work, and often craft built in this way were described as being clinker-built.

In his detailed study of the Endeavour, Ray Parkin has estimated that the Yawl carried on Cook’s first expedition was about 3 metres long by 1.5 metres wide and 0.7 at the sternpost.


Prepared by: Turnbull, P.
Created: 28 October 2001
Modified: 1 December 2001

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000094

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