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A two-masted vessel square rigged on the foremast and fore-and-aft rigged on the mainmast. The name is thought to come from the sea brigands, particularly those operating in the Mediterranean, although the Barbary pirates favoured oared galleys. Brigantines are currently built for sail training and include the 35-metre (115-ft) Young Endeavour, in Australia, and the twin ships Irving and Exy Johnson, both 33.7 metres (110 ft) long, which were launched in 2003 by the Los Angeles Maritime Institute.

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