The windy II, a barquentine

A barquentine is a vessel with at least three masts, all of them fore-and-aft rigged, except for the foremost one, which is square rigged.

Three-masted barquentines were very common in the Baltic and the North Sea, and three- and four-masted barquentines also sailed on deep-water trades. A number of five-masted barquentines were built, and even some six-masted ones in America.

It can be argued that the barquentine belongs to the family of schooners; indeed, in Scandinavian languages the barquentine is referred to as a `schooner ship.'

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