Tall Ship Spotting
Spot different types of tall ships using this guide
Tall Ship Spotting What a wonderful sight tall ships make as they come close to us on land or at sea. Today they are a rarity and the best chance to see lots of them together are at Festivals of the Sea and Tall Ships Race around the world.
Yet in the past such numbers would have been common place in all ports of the world. These vessels came in all sizes from the large Tea Clipper to the small work boats that worked the coastal waters for trade and fishing.
This is an introduction to the main types of tall ships you can see and hopefully will make your Tall Ship Spotting more enjoyable.
For a fuller understanding of Tall ships we recommend the following books;
- Sailing Ship Rigs & Rigging by Harold A. Underhill published by Brown, Son & Ferguson Ltd ISBN 0 85174 176 2
- Sail’s Last Century, Editor Robert Gardiner, Publisher Conway Maritime Press, ISBN 0 85117 565 9
Three masted ships In the old days a ship meant a sailing vessel with square sails on three or more masts.
Three masted barques This has square sails on the two forward masts, fore and main masts, and fore aft sails on the mizzen, stern most mast. It’s a bit like cricket the words make one more confused – that’s why Flickr so good. Stick to the pics.
Three masted barquentine - only has square sails on the foremast.
Four masted barquentine - square sails on the foremast only.
Two masted brig - square sails on both masts.
Two masted Brigantine - Square sails on foremast only.
Three masted schooner Good photo required.
Two masted schooner
Two masted Schooner by the hull shape and masts; on schooners the aft mast (the main mast) is taller than the foremast.
Two masted Topsail schooner - schooner with square sails on the foremast.
Two masted ketches - foremast is taller than main mast
Gaff cutter yachts - yacht are single masted - gaffs are wooden spars supporting sails in a fore and aft direction; cutter means there are two or more sails in front of the mast - one setting from the bows and the others from the bowsprit.
We will attempt to add and improve on this with time.
Fair winds and safe landfalls, Adam Purser