Traditional Boats of the English East Coast, The

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H. Warington Smyth/An excellent overview of the history of the multifarious East Coast rig.

by H. Warington Smyth

reprinted from Mast and Sail in Europe and Asia

Yorkshire, to its credit be it said, has claims to distinction for other things than ecclesiastical architecture, or even hams and fox-hunting. He that useth the dingy North Sea hath knowledge of Yorkshire’s billyboys, its cobles and its keels, all distinctive types of sea-craft well suited to their work.  The billyboy is generally a flat-bottomed, round-ended craft, whose Dutch descent is scarcely veiled by its paint. Rigged as a sloop, or more often as a ketch or dandy, it carries leeboards, the masts are stepped in tabernacles, and even in these days the square rig on the mainmast is often retained for fair winds. With its clinker build, its rounded ends just fitted to the locks of the Fens, its high sheer for and aft, and its snub-nosed bowsprit, it may be seen all up and down the English coasts, as well as far inland up the Ouse or in the Trent, with its masts and riggign comfortably housed on deck.

54 pages

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