'Bentinck' can also refer to...




Bentinck, Timothy

Lucius Bentinck Cary (1803—1884) courtier and colonial governor

Hans Willem Bentinck (1649—1709) diplomat and politician

John Albert Bentinck (1737—1775) naval officer and inventor of mechanical devices

Lord George Bentinck (1802—1848) politician and sportsman

Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (1715—1785) collector of art and natural history specimens and patron of arts and sciences

Ruth Mary Cavendish Bentinck (1867—1953) women's suffragist and socialist

Winifred Anna Cavendish Bentinck (1863—1954) bird protectionist and philanthropist

Mary Bentinck Smith (1864—1921) headmistress

Lord William Bentinck (1774—1839) army officer, diplomatist, and governor-general of India

Bentinck, Frederick Cavendish-

Bentinck, Lady Norah

Bentinck, Rev. Charles D.

Bentinck, Arthur Harold Walter

Bentinck, Lord Henry Cavendish

Cavendish-Bentinck, Frederick


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1 The name given to a small triangular course for use in square-rigged ships. It was introduced by Captain Bentinck of the Royal Navy in the early years of the 19th century. The triangular form had a single sheet to the deck on the centreline. This dispensed with the need to work the normally heavy sheeting loads of a square sail during tacking and other manoeuvres. It also allowed the captain, aft, to see signals from forward when manoeuvring. This was particularly useful for ships, such as whalers, working amongst ice. Sometimes a small yard, called a Bentinck boom, was used to extend the foot of the sail, while maintaining the single centreline sheet.

2 The name given to additional shrouds rigged for heavy weather.

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