Yarmouth Lugger, “Gypsy Queen”, 1889

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Gypsy Queen:

Yarmouth Lugger; 
Built: Southtown, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, UK;
Built in: 1859;
20 tons; Leingth: 60 ft (18 M); Beam: 17 ft (5 M);

Published 1968 © Hugh Evelyn; artist John Gardner (1930-2010).
c. 44 x 35 cm. (17″ x 14″) on high white matt cardstock 145 g/sm².
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The lugsail used on fishing craft descended from the square sail. The 3-masted lugger evolved from the square-rigged buss. The end of the 18th century was characterised by smuggling and privateering. Lugger design accelerated to outstrip any revenue ship. The lugsail was loose-footed. With no boom it could be let fly if pressed too hard. Gypsy Queen was a typical mid-century Yarmouth lugger. The main mast disappeared to give more space for net handling. The fore and mizzen masts became larger. Built in 1859 she registered 20 tons, 60 ft long and beam 17 ft. The heavy foremast, stepped in a tabernacle, is rigged with a large dipping lug with three lines of reef points; the tack is hooked to a short iron bar on the stemhead and the sheet is carried well aft to the mizzen thwart. There is no standing rigging and all the support for the mast comes from heavy hemp rope reeving through large blocks. This support comprised a heavy forestay made of a burton, hooked to the stemhead, and a halliard and burton, set up on the weather side of the mast. The halliard had to be shifted over every time the boat went about. The forestay was also used to lower the mast onto its mitchboard (a corruption of midships board). The mizzen mast, also stepped in a tabernacle, set a standing lug. This sail had little of its area forward of the mast and was always set to port irrespective of the tack the vessel was working on. It was sheeted through a single block at the end of the large 31 ft stern outrigger, to a purchase inboard. The topsail completed the normal working canvas on the mizzen. The large bowsprit which could easily be run inboard to rest on the deck.

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Dimensions 44.5 × 35.5 cm