A two-masted merchant vessel of the 16th–19th centuries, the largest two-masted ship of its period with a tonnage of up to 1,000 tons or so. It was rigged as a brig, with square sails on both masts. It also had a small trysail mast stepped immediately abaft the mainmast from which a trysail with a boom was set, the luff of the trysail being attached to the mast with hoops. In some cases this trysail mast was replaced by a horse on the mainmast, the luff of the trysail being attached to it in the same way. Snows were entirely European ships, not found in other parts of the world.
Subjects: Maritime History.