ShipIndex.org Guide to Tall Ships

The ShipIndex.org Guide to Tall Ships provides an overview of sailing types, particularly noting the differences between square rigged ships and fore-and-aft rigged ships.

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In 2014, Mystic Seaport Museum took the Charles W. Morgan back to sea, sailing the 19th century whaler from New London, Connecticut, to Boston, Massachusetts, and back, including stops in Nantucket, Cape Cod, and with day trips out to the National Marine Sanctuary at Stellwagen Bank.

To learn more about Charles W. Morgan, visit the enormous amount of information available online at Mystic Seaport Museum, and then find a time to visit. It's one of the best maritime museums in the world, with incredible collections, and deep resources, combined with a remarkable set of vessels, and a one-of-a-kind shipyard that maintains ships and keeps alive the skills of a nearly-bygone era. They also maintain a set of webpages dedicated to the Morgan's 38th Voyage.

Image:
   Photograph of Charles W. Morgan, by Mystic Seaport Museum, used with permission.

Panel 1 - Sails: History & Propulsion

Images:
Model of a Boat, c.2181-1880 BCE. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Hanes. Used with permission.
US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle. Photograph copyright JPM Lamontagne, and used with permission.

Additional Resources:
 Leo Block, To Harness the Wind. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2003. Find in a library near you.
 Peter Kemp, Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea. London: Oxford University Press, 1976. Find in a library near you.

Panel 2 - Sails: Types & Parts

Images:
USS Monongahela under sail, in a light breeze.
Schooner Mayflower under full sail in the last decade of the 19th century; photograph by John S. Johnston, and digitized by the Library of Congress.
Herringboat Swan.

Panel 3 - Square Rigged: Two Masts

Images:
   Brig Niagara. The brig Niagara is the flagship of the State of Pennsylvania, and is moored at the Erie Maritime Museum
   STV Pathfinder


More to come! More descriptive information about the content of the guide, plus information about photos, links to content, and more information in general, will be added very soon.

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