A schooner is a type of sailing vessel with fore-and-aft sails on
two or more masts, the foremast being no taller than the rear mast(s).
Such vessels were first used by the Dutch in the 16th or 17th century .
Originally schooners were gaff-rigged, but modern schooners may be
Bermuda-rigged. Schooners were further developed in North America from
the early 18th century, and were more widely used in the United States
than in any other country. The most common type of schooners, with
two-masts, were popular in trades that required speed and windward
ability, such as slaving, privateering, and blockade running. They were
also traditional fishing boats, used for offshore fishing. They were
not favoured as pilot vessels, both in North America and in Northern
Europe. In the Chesapeake Bay area several distinctive schooner types
evolved, including the Baltimore clipper and the pungy.
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