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Longboats pull in for overnight stay this week

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 The 110 foot tall ship FairJeanne dispatches longboats as part of a War of 1812 reenactment .
In the days of sailing ships a vessel would carry several ship's boats for various uses. One would be a longboat, an open boat to be rowed by eight or ten oarsmen, two per thwart.

The longboat was double banked, its rowing benches were designed to accommodate two men each pulling an oar on opposite sides.

The longboat would have fairly fine lines aft to permit its use in steep waves such as surf or wind against tide where need be. Like other ships' boats, the longboat could be rigged for sailing but was primarily a pulling boat.  more...


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