Note: Top Men

By R Morton Nance, published July 1912


From contemporary sources Morton Nance seeks to explain how the size of Tudor trading vessels could be differentiated by the use of the term ‘topmen’. These were ships of between 40 and 100 tons burthen and carried a topsail above the main sail. At St Ives this additional sail carried a financial penalty when loading sand ballast, with the topmen paying substantially more.

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Filed under: Atlantic | Tudors
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design

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