The Austin Farrar Memorial Article 2012: Technology and the Four-masted Commercial Sailing Ship 1875-1950

By Frank Scott, published November 2012


Four-masted barques were the workhorses of the last days of commercial sail. This article considers how different they were from their predecessors, and how their development included a final boom in square rig shipbuilding. It also discusses the degree to which they benefited, or not, from technical developments in the maritime world.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Ship Handling & Seamanship | Shipbuilding & Design

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