Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Independence

Texas History Timeline readerboard found outside the Alamo in San

Antonio. I say it's a brigantine but I can't clearly define the top aft

sail or the gaff staysl? in the middle. Anyone know this boat?
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Royaliste said...

Texas Handbook of History

Listed as a schooner-of-war,originally a US revenue cutter.

-eric, 2nd mate, Royaliste

Erin and Bhodi said...

Looks like a Square Topsail Schooner to me. Similar to the Baltimore Clipper.

-- Bhodi

Bryce said...

I'd go with erin and bhodi...square topsail schooner, with a course set.

Kimber said...

yeah it's not a brigantine i guess - no square on the main. i guess what confused me was that the main top looked almost gaff rigged - that topmast looks extended or something. and the sail that is where a schooner foresail or a brig staysail would be also looks gaff rigged.

Anonymous said...

from the beard:

i looks like a schooner, its definately schooner rigged on the main and the fore looks schooner rigged as well (looking at the staying), plus the staying between the topmasts has the schooner rig queen/king stays and triatic... im a geek.

christopher said...

the defining characteristic is the gaff-rigged foresail. if it was a staysail, then it would be a brigantine. ther are always other details that distinguish but that is the prevalent one. the gaff topsail set on a elongated topmast. they had super strong old growth hardwoods (swampoak, yellow pine etc) to play with. topmasts on smaller ships did not need to be stepped like the larger square riggers needed.

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