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  • "Champans, are small flat-bottomed vessels used by the Chinese and Japanese. They have one mast rigged the same as the main-mast of a junk, with a single sail made of caw. They seldom exceed 80 tons burden; are constructed without iron or nails; and are unfit for rough weather."
    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 80

    October 12, 2008