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From the Latin barca, and in England now synonymous with barque, though the Americans always spell it this way. Originally, it was a term to describe any small merchant sailing ship with a certain hull shape which could carry any rig. This is why Cook's Endeavour, an ex-collier, was described as a ‘cat built bark’ by the Admiralty but a ‘square sterned bark’ by her surveyors.

See also barge.

See also barge.


Subjects: Maritime History.

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