What Ship Is That? Drifter, Dromon & Dutch Clipper

Dutch Clipper

Is This A Drifter, Dromon or Dutch Clipper?

If there is one thing the Link Ship Chandlers team adores, it’s shipping history and lore. After all, when you work with ships and seafaring folks from around the globe all day long, you tend to develop an interest in this centuries-old industry. As such, we’ve been sharing some very interesting info about historical ships here over the last few months. The last instalment featured the Dinghy, Dory & Drakkar. Today we find out more about the easy-going Drifter, daring Dromon, and the stoic Dutch Clipper.

The Drifter – What it Says on the Box

The Drifter is exactly as its name suggests – a vessel that uses the tide and wind to carry it along without any sails or other intervention. It is normally used for recreational fishing.

DID YOU KNOW? The Drifters are an American doo-wop and R&B/soul vocal group. They were originally formed as a backing group for Clyde McPhatter, formerly the lead tenor of Billy Ward and his Dominoes in 1953. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted The Drifters in 1988.

The Dromon – Knight on a White Horse

The Byzantine Empire, also referred to as the Eastern Roman Empire or Byzantium, was the continuation of the Roman Empire in its eastern provinces during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, when its capital city was Constantinople. Its navy was instrumental in assisting the beleaguered Western Roman Empire during its conflicts with Germanic tribes. They used fast galleys, called Dromons, to accompany and protect supply ships en route to provide aid.

DID YOU KNOW? The official language of the Byzantine Empire was Latin until 700 CE when it was changed to Greek by Emperor Heraclius.

The Dutch Clipper – Elegance Made Manifest

The Dutch Clipper is a version of the medium-clipper as it sailed under British and American flags of old. Around 100 of these vessels were built in the Netherlands.

DID YOU KNOW? During the 17th century, the Dutch Republic was involved in many wars, many of them at sea. The main goal of the Dutch navy was to protect shipping lanes all over the world and to repel a naval invasion of Dutch territory should it come to it. Until 1648, Spain was the enemy; a Dutch fleet destroyed the main force of a large Spanish fleet still under construction at Gibraltar in 1607. Other activities included blocking the port of Antwerp and the Flemish coast and escorting the Dutch merchants in the Baltic.

Check back soon for Part Twelve that will delve into the intricacies of the East Indiaman, Fifie & Fishing Smack respectively.


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