From June 17 – 22, 2017 dozens of Tall Ships from all over the world will sail into Boston Harbor for a 5-day maritime festival. Continue reading to learn more about the types of ships you can see at Sail Boston 2017®.
Photographs and information courtesy of Sail Training International
What is a Tall Ship?
As defined by Sail Training International, a Tall Ship is a traditionally-rigged sailing vessel. Modern tall ship rigs include topsail schooners, brigantines, brigs and barques. Tall ships can be categorized by the number of masts/shape of the ship or by class (size).
Schooner: These vessels were first used by the Dutch in the 16th and 17th century. Soon after, schooners were developed in North America and were heavily used in New England by the 18th century. Defined as having at least two masts, schooners were most commonly used for tasks that required speed such as blockade running, slaving privateering and offshore fishing.