Tall ship

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Tall ship is a somewhat informal collective term for some kinds of sailing ships. Contrary to other sailing ship classification terms, tall ship does not describe a particular kind of sailing ship identified by a sail plan – both barques and brigantines, for instance, are tall ships.

A tall ship is a traditionally rigged sailing vessel differentiated from modern sailing vessels by her topmasts and topsails. Due to the additional crew and rigging required to carry topmasts and the availability to construct taller masts of aluminum and steel, topmasts are generally cost prohibitive on modern vessels.

The term has come into widespread use even amongst landlubbers in the mid-20th century with the advent of the Tall Ships' Races.

The American Sail Training Association (ASTA) has extended the definition of tall ship for the purpose of its races to embrace any sailing ship with more than 30 ft. (9.14 m) waterline length and on which at least half the people on board are aged 15 to 25, but this administrative classification should not be regarded as a wider definition.

Modern tall ships include:

See also

References

  • Lori Aguiar; Sail Tall Ships! A Directory of Sail Training and Adventure at Sea (American Sail Training Association; 15th Edition, July 1, 2002; ISBN 0963648373)
  • Thad Koza; Tall Ships: A Fleet for the 21st Century (Tide-Mark Press; 3rd edition, August 30, 2002; ISBN 1559497394)

External links

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