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Originally a small galley, rowed by sixteen or twenty oarsmen, with a single mast and sail. It was used in the 17th and 18th centuries to chase and capture enemy ships by boarding them, the entire crew being armed for this purpose. During the 18th century it became the accepted term for a small Dutch trading vessel, the hull built barge fashion with a bluff, rounded bow, fitted with leeboards, and fore-and-aft rigged on a single mast, often with a sprit.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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