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1 A type of 16th-century ship similar to a galleon in rig but usually smaller and more lightly armed and used to carry military stores from place to place. The name was Spanish, and it was the Spaniards who chiefly used them in the Mediterranean.

2 A type of Spanish fly-boat of the 17th–18th centuries, flat bottomed with a high stern, of up to about 300 tons and armed with half a dozen or so guns according to size. Their rig varied from square to lateen according to individual taste. Though mainly designed for, and used for, the carriage of coastal trade, some were attached to the main fighting fleets for service as dispatch boats.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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