Author Results for John Lyman

Note: Main Topsail Schooners

By John Lyman

Three sources are quoted to confirm the existence of the use of the rig between 1747 and 1779 in Canada and New England in salt water and fresh. There is an illustration. Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Shipbuilding & Design

The Part-Owners of a British Sailing Vessel, 1887-1910

By John Lyman

The traditional structure for ownership of cargo vessels was a single-ship limited stock company. The iron hulled four-masted barque London Hill, built in Port Glasgow, was under British registry for 23 years. During these years more than seventy different individual held shares with up to two dozen shareholders at a given time. There were only […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Merchant Marines

Pole-Masted Rigs

By John Lyman

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 […] Read More

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

The Cutter Brig

By John Lyman

In 1929 a query in the Mariner’s Mirror asked what exactly a cutter-brig was. In 1953, evidence was presented to prove that a ‘cutter-built’ vessel was brig-rigged and that the term was used to refer to clinker-built crafts. Complete plans for the Swedish English-built cutter-brig Alexander are shown along with a description of its rigging […] Read More

Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

Sailing Vessel Rigs in the British, American, and French Merchant Marines, 1886

By John Lyman

Examination of the types of vessels registered in the 1886 Mercantile Navy List. Uses mathematical analysis to establish the percentage that were of the 49 potential rig designations that the register listed, further exploring where they were based and how that varied with type and tonnage. It also examines some of the more complicated designators, such as […] Read More

Filed under: Atlantic | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Merchant Marines

Notes: Wire Rigging

By John Lyman

In response to queries (MM, 43, 249; 45, 260), John Lyman notes that two patents were taken out by R.S. Newell for rope-making machinery in 1840 and 1843. Read More

Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Science & Exploration | Shipbuilding & Design

The Scottish Maid as ‘The World’s First Clipper’

By John Lyman

The author quotes a paper published by Mr. Boyd Cable in The Mariner’s Mirror of April 1943 claiming that the American Rainbow of 1845 is the first clipper ship. However, if the shape of the hull or the rigging are the main characteristics of this new type of vessel, that place should be held by […] Read More

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