Xebec

Xebec

A xebec is a small fast sailing ship that is used mostly for trading, though are capable warcraft. They have a long overhanging bowsprit and protruding mizzen mast. Xebecs are similar to galleys having both lateen sails and oars for propulsion. Early xebecs had two masts; later ones three. Xebecs featured a distinctive hull with pronounced overhanging bow and stern. They are built with a narrow floor to achieve a higher speed than their opponents, but with a considerable beam in order to enable them to carry an extensive sail-plan. The lateen rig of the xebec allows for the ship to sail close hauled to the wind often giving it an advantage in pursuit or escape.

Xebec

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