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"Barks of Bombay, called Dingass, are vessels used at Bombay, and places adjacent; and are navigated some times by rowing with paddles. They have one mast, one third the length from the stem, which rakes much forward. On the mast is hoisted a sail, bent to a long yard, resembling a settee-sail.... These vessels never tack, but wear.... Their rigging consists of a pair of halyards, a bowline, and brace. Their keels are very much hollowed upwards, to avoid wholly grounding on sand-banks."
—Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 31
October 11, 2008