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Brig, Brigantine (ship)

A Brig, or Brigantine as it was sometimes called, was a merchant-ship that generally had two masts. Apart from this, there was often a great difference in how brigs were constructed, and how the masts and rigging were set up between different European nations.

English brigs generally had their mainsail set nearly in the plane of the keel. This was in contrast to larger ships, on which mainsails were hung at right angles to the length of the ship, and fastened to a yard hanging parallel to the deck.

The foremost edge of the mainsail was fastened in different places to hoops which encircled the mainmast, and slide up and down it as the sail was hoisted or lowered. Also, the sail was extended by a gaff above, and by a boom below.


Prepared by: Turnbull, P.
Created: 28 October 2001
Modified: 23 June 2004

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-P000095

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