bark or barque

Ships were generally classed by the way they were rigged for sail.  A bark (also spelt barque) is a sailing ship which has:

  • three masts,
  • square sails on the front or forward mast
  • square sails on the middle or mast mast, and
  • triangular sails on the back or mizzen mast.

They were relatively small sailing ships in the 1830s.

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