hermaphrodite brig love

hermaphrodite brig

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nautical A two-masted vessel with a square-rigged foremast and a schooner-rigged mainmast.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a two-masted sailing ship which has square sails on the foremast combined with a schooner rig on the mainmast (triangular topsail over a gaff mainsail). As such it has a mix of the two main types of sail plan, hence the term hermaphrodite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See under Brig.
  • n. a two-masted vessel square-rigged forward and schooner-rigged aft. See Illustration in Appendix.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. two-masted sailing vessel square-rigged on the foremast and fore-and-aft rigged on the mainmast

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    September 9, 2008

  • At times it collapses under the weight of the nautical terminology, as Dana describes in detail every procedure taken to set the ship on a particular course. Also, and this is probably expecting too much, I wouldn't mind Dana being a little less documentary and more poetic when talking about his feelings.

    We're just embarking on the voyage home now, so I'm looking forward to rounding the Cape again. The best bits so far have been the excursions ashore in Mexican California, and the portraits of his fellow tars.

    September 9, 2008

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    September 7, 2008

  • Yarb, you are totally winning the Read All the Books Chained_Bear Wants to Read Before She Gets to Them Award.

    Congratulations! Looking forward to more entries from this one. :)

    September 6, 2008

  • The wind was light, and we spread more canvas than she did, having royals and sky-sails fore and aft, and ten studding-sails; while she, being an hermaphrodite brig, had only a gaff topsail aft.

    - Richard Henry Dana Jr., Two Years Before the Mast, ch. 4

    September 6, 2008