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The great age of sail

Other types of ship

There were more types of ships around in this period than are described here.  Many craft had local names, such as the Scandinavian cat-boat, or the Dutch fluit, angilicized to fly boat.  In Scandinavia, a ketch was usually referred to as a galeas.  Some were minor variants on other rigs, like the snow which was very similar to a brig, but had a third mast very close to the main mast.  A problem with these names is that it is not always clear how they were defined, if indeed there were precise and agreed definitions of them.  Anyone seeking more information is referred to specialist books, with a warning that even experts do not always agree on names and rigs.

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