Some Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century French Trials of Square-rigged Warships Tacking

By Patrice Decencière, published November 2011

Abstract

There are but a few insights of how sailing ships really behaved when tacked, though many factors might affect the time to complete the manoeuvre. This article is concerned with French tacking trials of square-rigged warships in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and introduces data on comparative performance.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C)
Subjects include: Navies | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

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