What Ship Is That? Part Five
In previous months we’ve taken a look at a variety of historical ships and a bunch of fun facts to go along with it. The last installment took a look at the Bilander, Bireme, and Brig. Today we continue our foray into the fascinating world of historical shipping by taking a look at the swift Brigantine, the custom-designed Brighton Hog Boat and the people-carrying Budgerow.
The Brigantine – Swift & Ready for Action
The Brigantine was a multifaceted ship that could be used both as a naval vessel and a merchant ship. With both top-gallant and royal sails, it was a swift vessel that also happened to carry no less than 16 guns. It’s no wonder then that the Brigantine was the darling of world navies who employed it to scout and do reconnaissance when tracking down enemy ships. In the 1800s, for instance, the British Navy had a whole fleet that consisted of 70+ Brigantines.
DID YOU KNOW? The British Navy was the very first branch of the British armed forces ever to be formalised. This was in 1660, and because it was the first branch to be established, it is known as the ‘Senior Service’.
The Brighton Hog Boat – Form Follows Function
The Brighton Hog Boat is an excellent example of a traditional fishing boat that was adapted for local use. This vessel may seem a little tubby in comparison with its contemporaries, but it was tailor made for fishing in the Brighton and Hove region, where it was also used to carry cargo up local rivers.
DID YOU KNOW? Brighton is an English seaside resort town that is also sometimes called ‘London by Sea’ due to its cosmopolitan nature. It also the only town in Britain with a Grade I listed pier.
The Budgerow – The Minibus of The Sea
The Budgerow was a people-carrier that looked quite a bit like a Gondola, only much larger. It featured an interior compartment, as well as a sitting room and a closed stoop to keep the sun out. The boatmen stood on a small open deck on the bow area, from where they paddled the boat forward with long sweeps.
DID YOU KNOW? Gondolas have been in use since the 11th century, and in their heyday there were 10 000+ gondolas in Venice.
Check back soon for Part Six that will delve into the intricacies of the Buza, Caravel & Carrack respectively.