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 List of schooners and other sailing ships

 
 List of schooners and other Sailing ships
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Schooner  ALMA". The 80-foot schooner Alma as built on the shores of San Francisco Bay, near present-day Hunters Point, in 1891. She is a scow schooner: a wide, flat sailing boat with gaff-rigged sails. At the turn of the century, scow schooners moved the kind of heavy cargo that trucks carry today. They criss-crossed the Bay and sailed up into the Delta delivering hay, salt and bricks. "Schooner man" is a site for lovers of all tall ships! Here you will find schooners, brigs, brigantines, barks and fully rigged tall ships. If you love the history of the sea or the feel of the wind in your sails enjoy these tall ships of yesterday and meet the seafaring men that sailed them.

Photo on right is of the "ALMA". The 80-foot Alma as built on the shores of San Francisco Bay, near present-day Hunters Point, in 1891. She is a scow schooner: a wide, flat sailing boat with gaff-rigged sails. At the turn of the century, scow schooners moved the kind of heavy cargo that trucks carry today. They criss-crossed the Bay and sailed up into the Delta delivering hay, salt and bricks.

In these pages we have a wide range of nautical items. There are some examples of modern ships but most are of traditionally rigged vessels Schooners were first used by the Dutch in the 16th or 17th century however, much of their development took place in America from the time of the American Revolution.

 

. PACIFIC SWIFT" --a square topsail schooner. Photo by Thad Koza.for more photos visit Tall Ships '97  Schooners out-number square riggers in America. The reasons for this are that they could sail closer to the wind and they could be sailed with a smaller crew.   Schooners have carried every conceivable cargo. They were used for coastal work, ocean voyages and on the Great Lakes, In the late 1800's there were over two thousand schooners on the Great Lakes, hauling everything from lumber to apples. Over the years schooners have been used as pleasure craft, cargo carriers, privateers, slavers, fishing boats and pilot boats. Photo to right is of the " PACIFIC SWIFT" --a square topsail schooner. Photo by Thad Koza.for more photos visit Tall Ships '97

Schooners out-number square riggers in America. The reasons for this are that they could sail closer to the wind and they could be sailed with a smaller crew.

Schooners have carried every conceivable cargo. They were used for coastal work, ocean voyages and on the Great Lakes, In the late 1800's there were over two thousand schooners on the Great Lakes, hauling everything from lumber to apples. Over the years schooners have been used as pleasure craft, cargo carriers, privateers, slavers, fishing boats and pilot boats.

 

Schooner ADVENTURE". She was a bowspritless "knockabout Schooner". She was 121'6" from stem to stern. "ADVENTURE" was solidly built of oak and pine in Essex, Massachusetts in 1926. Carrying a full sailing rig, diesel engine and 14 dories, she spent the next 27 years fishing the North Atlantic's bountiful outer banks from her home port of Gloucester. Photo to right is of the "ADVENTURE". She was a bowspritless "knockabout Schooner". She was 121'6" from stem to stern. "ADVENTURE" was solidly built of oak and pine in Essex, Massachusetts in 1926. Carrying a full sailing rig, diesel engine and 14 dories, she spent the next 27 years fishing the North Atlantic's bountiful outer banks from her home port of Gloucester. For more information their For more information visit the "ADVENTURE"

Today most schooners are charter ships, school ships, or historical replicas. A schooner has two or more masts with the forward being shorter or the same height as the rear masts. Most of these schooners are gaff rigged. As trade increased they needed larger hulls so more masts were added. Three masted "terns" were a favourite rig of Canada's Maritime Provinces.

 

  The two masted and gaff-rigged " Schooner LADY MARYLAND" is a full size replica of a "pungy schooner". An elegant work boat of a kind that used to transport perishable cargo and luxury items around Chespeake Bay. Photo by Thad Koza.for The two masted and gaff-rigged "LADY MARYLAND" is a full size replica of a "pungy schooner". An elegant work boat of a kind that used to transport perishable cargo and luxury items around Chespeake Bay. Photo by Thad Koza.for more photo visit Tall Ships '97

. In the 1900 the first six master schooner was built George W Wells. In 1902 the seven master Thomas L Lawsonwith a length of 395 ft. carried 27 Sails with 43.000 sq. ft. of sail.

In his excellent note upon "The Origin of the Schooner Rig,'' Mr. L. G. Carr-Laughton, the Librarian of the British Admiralty, says that the essentials of the schooner rig are two gaff sails and a headsail, all beyond is accidental. He also says that embryonic schooners without a headsail were being used in Holland as early as 1630.

One of the earliest representations of a true schooner is to be found in Richard Houston's engraving of " A Fresh Gale," after W. Van de Velde, and although an exact date cannot be assigned to the painting it is reasonable to assign the picture, and consequently the schooner, to the last quarter of the 17th Century.

Schooner Man "is a site for you if you love the sight of the schooner on the sea. The feel of your feet on the deck of the schooner as it rides over the ocean waves. The power of the wind as it fills the sails and move a mighty schooner on it way. If you enjoy the challenge of facing the elements from the clear star filled nights to the wind blowing at gale force... you're a schooner man. We have information on tall ships from the Seven Seas and the sweet seas too. If you are looking for information on a schooner, brig, brigantine, bark and fully rigged tall ship start your search here. So visit with us these tall ships of yesterday and meet the seafarers that sailed them..

 

Barque: Sailing vessel with three or more masts: fore and aft rigged on aftermast, square rigged on all others.
Barkentine-3 Masted with Sq rigged on fore mast only
Brig- is a two-masted vessel with both masts square rigged. On the sternmost mast, the main mast, there is also a gaff sail
Brigantine- is a two-masted vessel fore mast being square rigged
Cutter- A sailboat with one mast and rigged a mainsail and two headsails. Also see sloop
Greek Galley   Early sailing vessel 500bc
Ketch-Two-masted boats, the after mast shorter, but with a ketch the after mast is forward of the rudder post
Knockabout: - a type of schooner without a bowsprit.
Schooner: - sailing ships with at least 2 masts (foremast and mainmast) with the mainmast being the taller. Word derives from the term "schoon/scoon" meaning to move smoothly and quickly. ( a 3-masted vessel is called a "tern")
  Topsail Schooner A schooner with a square rigged sail on forward mast
Windjammer - a non- nautical term describing square rigged sailing ships and large sailing merchantman, especially in the last day of commerical sailing. The orginal term windjamer was intented as insult from the crews of steamships. The return insult from the sailors was stinkpotter

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After the Sea-Ship

Walt Whitman (1819–1892).
AFTER the Sea-Ship—after the whistling winds;
After the white-gray sails, taut to their spars and ropes,
Below, a myriad, myriad waves, hastening, lifting up their necks,
Tending in ceaseless flow toward the track of the ship:
Waves of the ocean, bubbling and gurgling, blithely prying,
Waves, undulating waves—liquid, uneven, emulous waves,
Toward that whirling current, laughing and buoyant, with curves,
Where the great Vessel, sailing and tacking, displaced the surface;
Larger and smaller waves, in the spread of the ocean, yearnfully flowing;
The wake of the Sea-Ship, after she passes—flashing and frolicsome, under the sun,
A motley procession, with many a fleck of foam, and many fragments,
Following the stately and rapid Ship—in the wake following..
 

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