The Snow Part I

By Alan Moore, published February 1912


The author sets out to analyse the origins of the snow, which is usually defined as a square-rigged two-masted vessel with a triangular trysail immediately behind the main mast. He suggests that the rig, related to that of the Dutch bilander, originated from the removal of the aft (mizzen) mast in three-masted ships. The resulting vessels were easy to maneuver, but would have sailed better with the addition of a fore-and-aft sail. This was accomplished by stepping an additional (trysail) mast next to the main to carry this sail. Four sketches illustrate the snow’s evolution.

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Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design

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