Pole-Masted Rigs

By John Lyman, published May 1970


This essay examines the widespread use of two-masted and three-masted craft rigged with pole masts (that is, a mast in which the lower mast and topmast are of one piece) in the Mediterranean, especially in the Greek merchant marine, during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is suggested that the use of the pole-masted rig on three-masted vessels represents a stage in the conversion of lateeners to square-riggers, but its widespread employment on brigs is not easy to explain.

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Filed under: Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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