Why multi-masted schooners?
April 24, 2013 9:25 AM Subscribe
Many early sailboats were fore-and-aft rigged, e.g. Egyptian Nile sailboats of antiquity. But soon enough, boat designers moved to square-rigged ships. Then, just before the end of the Age of Sail, at the beginning of the 20th Century, come these ships with multiple schooner-rigged (fore and aft) sails, for example the seven-masted Thomas Lawson and all of these six-masters and all of these five-masters. What was the advantage of the many-masted schooner, and why did it come so late in the development of the commercial sailing vessel?