The America's Cup is the most prestigious race in the sport of sailing and the oldest active trophy in international sport.

America's Cup

The America's Cup is the most prestigious race in the sport of sailing and the oldest active trophy…

"A Bark, or Barque, is a three-masted vessel of which the foremast and mainmast are square-rigged, but the mizzenmast has fore-and-aft sails only."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Bark

"A Bark, or Barque, is a three-masted vessel of which the foremast and mainmast are square-rigged, but…

An Barquentine sailing ship.

Barquentine

An Barquentine sailing ship.

A collapsible boat includes a skeleton and an impervious skin tensioned about the skeleton. The skeleton includes a plurality of longitudinal and transverse frame members forming stringers and former, the frame members being attached to the gunwale frame of the boat and the transverse members being turn able relative to the gunwale frame. The flexible skin is permanently attached to the gunwale frame and the longitudinal frame members are hinge connected to the gunwale frame at front and rear portions thereof. The longitudinal members are turn able relative to the gunwale frame in a direction transversely of the boat, and the longitudinal frame members along their horizontal portion each being provided with one or more hinge members turn able through an angle of 180°.

Collapsible Boat

A collapsible boat includes a skeleton and an impervious skin tensioned about the skeleton. The skeleton…

"Riding-boom. A boat-boom or long spar working in a hinge or goose-neck, designed to be lowered from abreast the fore-rigging to a horizontal position at right angles with the keel of the vessel ... a, life-line; b, lift; c, riding-boom; d, rope ladder; e, outhaul; f, after-boom guy." -Whitney, 1911

Riding Boom

"Riding-boom. A boat-boom or long spar working in a hinge or goose-neck, designed to be lowered…

A sailing vessel with two masts rigged like the foremast and mizzen-mast of a full-rigged ship.

Brig

A sailing vessel with two masts rigged like the foremast and mizzen-mast of a full-rigged ship.

"A Brig, (contracted from brigantine), is a vessel with two masts, square-rigged on both."—(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Brig

"A Brig, (contracted from brigantine), is a vessel with two masts, square-rigged on both."—(Charles…

An Brig sailing ship.

Brig

An Brig sailing ship.

An Brigantine sailing ship.

Brigantine

An Brigantine sailing ship.

A captain on his ship. "At high noon every day he makes an observation, telling by the sun just where we are." -Carpenter, 1912

Captain of a Ship

A captain on his ship. "At high noon every day he makes an observation, telling by the sun just where…

A cleat with no rope around it.

Cleat

A cleat with no rope around it.

A cleat with rope tied around it.

Cleat

A cleat with rope tied around it.

A Cutter sailing ship.

Cutter

A Cutter sailing ship.

An English Ketch sailing ship.

English Ketch

An English Ketch sailing ship.

An English Schooner sailing ship.

English Schooner

An English Schooner sailing ship.

Five ships coming over the horizon.

Five Ships

Five ships coming over the horizon.

An Fore and Aft Schooner sailing ship.

Fore and Aft

An Fore and Aft Schooner sailing ship.

An Fore and Aft seven-mastered schooner sailing ship.

Fore and Aft

An Fore and Aft seven-mastered schooner sailing ship.

An Four-masted barque sailing ship.

Four-masted

An Four-masted barque sailing ship.

An Full-rigged sailing ship.

Full-rigged

An Full-rigged sailing ship.

A Galley is a low, flat-built vessel furnished with one deck.It was primarily employed by the Romans, Genoese, Pisans, and Venetians.

The Venetian galley was generally three-masted, and was usually around 160 feet long, 32 feet broad, and supplied with sixty-four oars, to each of which were chained six or seven slaves. Such galleys were equipped with powerful rams used for boarding and sinking enemy ships. Criminals in France and elsewhere were frequently condemned to serve at the oars in these craft. In modern speech, the term "galley" refers the common kitchen of a ship.

Galley (ship)

A Galley is a low, flat-built vessel furnished with one deck.It was primarily employed by the Romans,…

A gimbals is a contrivance designed to keep a marine compass, chronometer, lamp, or other instrument in the horizontal position on board ship, notwithstanding the rolling and pitching of the vessel. The instrument is suspended in the diametral axis of a ring, which is again suspended in the diametral axis of another ring, the two axes being at right angles to one another.
This illustration shows a gimbal joint.

Gimbals (Joint)

A gimbals is a contrivance designed to keep a marine compass, chronometer, lamp, or other instrument…

The queen had built for Gulliver a first rate boat by the joiner for the palace. It was a miniature, to fit his size, but had all the tackling necessary for both rowing and sailing. Gulliver sailed it in a 300 foot trough placed at the edge of the palace wall where he entertained her majesty and her friends. Here he is seen sailing with the wind provided for him by their fans and a child's breath.

Gulliver in a Miniature Boat

The queen had built for Gulliver a first rate boat by the joiner for the palace. It was a miniature,…

The sheer hulk is a ship that is afloat but incapable of going to sea. It was used as a crane to help construct ships with its sheers (masts).

Sheer Hulk

The sheer hulk is a ship that is afloat but incapable of going to sea. It was used as a crane to help…

A little girl on a sail boat holding onto the main sail.

Little Girl Sailing

A little girl on a sail boat holding onto the main sail.

Spanish seaport.

Malaga Harbor

Spanish seaport.

This illustration displays an elevation view of the proa. A proa is a type of sailing vessel with multi hulls.

Elevation View of Proa

This illustration displays an elevation view of the proa. A proa is a type of sailing vessel with multi…

This illustration displays an end view of the proa. A proa is a type of sailing vessel with multi hulls.

End View of Proa

This illustration displays an end view of the proa. A proa is a type of sailing vessel with multi hulls.

This illustration displays a plan view of the proa. A proa is a type of sailing vessel with multi hulls.

Plan View of Proa

This illustration displays a plan view of the proa. A proa is a type of sailing vessel with multi hulls.

This drawing depicts the use of a sail where perpendicularly placed so that opposing wind provides the necessary thrust to move the vessel.

Lift Sail

This drawing depicts the use of a sail where perpendicularly placed so that opposing wind provides the…

Sailboat on the water.

Sailboat

Sailboat on the water.

A certain portion of a sail between the top or bottom and a row of eyelet-holes running across the sail, one or more reefs being folded or rolled up to contract the sail in proportion to the increase of the wind.

Reef Sails

A certain portion of a sail between the top or bottom and a row of eyelet-holes running across the sail,…

"A vessel with two or more masts, fore and aft rigged, whose main and fore sails are extended by gaffs and stretched out below by booms."—Finley, 1917

Schooner

"A vessel with two or more masts, fore and aft rigged, whose main and fore sails are extended by gaffs…

A four-masted schooner, a type of sailing vessel which uses fore-and-aft sails.

Schooner

A four-masted schooner, a type of sailing vessel which uses fore-and-aft sails.

A small fast-sailing sharp-built vessel with two mass, and the principals sails of the fore-and aft type. There are two chief kinds of schooners, the topsail schooner and the fore-and-aft schooner. This is an illustration of the Topsail Schooner.

Schooner Ship

A small fast-sailing sharp-built vessel with two mass, and the principals sails of the fore-and aft…

"Abox- in or into the position of the yards of a vessel when the head-sails are laid aback: applied to the head-yards only, the other sails being kept full."-Whitney, 1902

Ship

"Abox- in or into the position of the yards of a vessel when the head-sails are laid aback: applied…

A ship is a large vessel that floats on water and is propelled by wind caught in the sails.

Ship

A ship is a large vessel that floats on water and is propelled by wind caught in the sails.

Three ships sailing on the ocean.

Ships

Three ships sailing on the ocean.

An Three-masted barque sailing ship.

Three-masted

An Three-masted barque sailing ship.

A Yawl sailing ship.

Yawl

A Yawl sailing ship.