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Joseph Conrad (1857—1924) master mariner and author


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A two-masted ship of the Mediterranean. They were lateen rigged on both masts, and were often used as a transport for spare galley crews. They were single decked with a long, sharp bow, and belonged more to the eastern Mediterranean than to the western. Their dates are from the 16th to about the mid-19th century. Occasionally they were called balancelles, from the double lateen rig. It was a settee, or balancelle, that was used by gun-runners in Joseph Conrad's novel The Arrow of Gold.

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