A Dutch fishing vessel of the middle part of what used to be the Zuider Zee, usually from Enkhuizen, with a flat bottom, curved sides, a straight stem raking at about 45°, and narrow leeboards. They were similar to a hengst but were generally larger. Dating from the early part of the 18th century, the schokker was normally built of oak in sizes varying between 13 and 16 metres (45–52 ft) in length and 5 and 6 metres (16–19 ft) in beam. They were originally rigged with a sprit mainsail and a gaff-rigged mizzen in addition to a staysail and a jib set flying on a bowsprit. Later, schokkers were built of steel and some were converted, or were built, as yachts.
Subjects: Maritime History.