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Hello, I would like to know which types of ships did the english used in the late 17th century to travel to Boston.

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John Hawkins, as treasurer of the British Navy, redesigned the English Ships that were used in 1588 against the Spanish Armada.  These ships eliminated the Forecastle.  Before that date the Standard ships were like those of Columbus, with high "castles" at both the Bow and Stern.  The new Brigantine design replaced the old "Galion" design.  This modification reduced the free board, and made the ships much more maneuverable, and less affected by cross winds.

In the 17th century the term Brig was also used as short for Brigantine, which then could be any variety of two-masted square-rigged vessels depending on nation and region.

Brigantine: A two-masted vessel with square sails on the foremast and fore-and-aft sails on the mainmast. See also Hermaphrodite Brig. In the 17th century the term Brigantine was also used to describe any variety of small two-masted square-rigged vessels.  


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