Many elegant sailing ships of yesteryear are referred to now as "tall ships," but that's not how they were known in their day. The current nickname came about because of the international Tall Ships' Races, which had their first event in 1956. Because of the worldwide appeal of the races, the generic term for most any type or era of tall sailing ships became known worldwide as "tall ships." But there are actually a variety of ship types that fall under the tall ships moniker.
I've detailed below many of the types of tall ships, which have these basic components in common:
- a hull
- at least one mast to support the sails so the power of wind can be used to propel the ship
- rigging (lifting or hauling tackle that can include ropes, chains and other devices to support and work the masts, yards, sails, etc.)
Tall Sailing Ship Photos
Where Are All the Old Tall Sailing Ships Now?
Many beautiful examples of historic tall sailing ships have been consigned to nautical history and lie at the bottom of oceans around the world, because of the hazards encountered on long sea voyages that often took months at a time.
It was common for ships to be blown off course or capsized because of severe storms or winds. And even if the ships made it to their destinations, the journeys weren't easy. Only finite quantities of fresh food and water could be carried in the ships' holds, so delay of planned stops to get new supplies had the potential to be disastrous. Pirates and disease also made ocean voyages perilous; perhaps not for the ships, but certainly for the crew and passengers. And older ships didn't have anything like the sophisticated boating safety equipment we have today, so they often experienced as fatal what we would consider merely inconvenient.
Fortunately, some beautifully preserved tall sailing ships still exist in maritime museums and other environments. And many more live on in literature, movies and history books. Scroll down to see examples of these.
Types of Tall Sailing Ships
Francis Bacon was known to have used the term "barque" as early as 1605, but this type of tall sailing ship existed long before that under the same name but with different spellings.
By the late18th century, barque (or "bark," which was the way it was spelled in America) referred to any vessel with three or more masts, fore- and aft-sails on the back mast and square sails on all the other masts.
- The Falls of Clyde is a commercial barque that was built in 1878 and is well preserved as a museum ship in Honolulu.
- The Pommern is the only ship of its kind in original condition and is housed outside the Åland maritime museum.
- The United States Coast Guard has a circa 1936 operational barque called the USCGC Eagle, which was built in Germany and captured as a war prize.
- The Star of India is the oldest active sailing vessel in the world. It was originally built in 1863 as a square-rigged ship, and was then converted into a barque in 1901.
"Blackwall frigate" was the common name given to three-masted, full-rigged tall sailing ships built in the 1800s.The first part of the name comes from the fact that these frigates were built at shipyards on the River Thames in Blackwall, England. Over 120 Blackwall frigates were built before production stopped in 1875, but few are left. In fact, in spite of being both comfortable and relatively safe for passengers, Blackwell frigates figure prominently in maritime shipwreck history.
Famous Blackwall frigates lost at sea:
- The Cospatrick was decimated by a fire that swept through the ship while it was just south of the Cape of Good Hope in Africa in November 1874. Loss of life: 473 people
- The Dalhousie sank off Beachy Head on the south coast of England near East Sussex in October 1853. Loss of life: 60 people
- The Dunbar wrecked near Sydney Heads, the entrance to Sydney Harbour in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in August 1857. Loss of life: 121 people
- The Madagascar went missing between Melbourne, Australia and London in 1853. Loss of life: 150 people
- The Northfleet was run down and sunk by the Murillo (a Spanish steamer) in the English Channel in January 1873. Loss of life: approximately 300 people
More Information About Blackwall Frigates
Brigs have two square-rigged masts (the fore and the main, which is at the aft of the ship) and range in length from 75 to 165 feet. They were usually made of wood and therefore only lasted about 20 years, but later models were comprised of mainly iron or steel.
Brigs shouldn't be confused with brigantines, even though they were developed as variations of them. Shipbuilders found that by re-rigging brigantines with two square sails each instead of one, the resulting vessels had greater sailing power. These variations became brigs, which were used as cargo carriers and small warships with 10 to 18 guns.
- The USS Oneida was used during the War of 1812. Midshipman James Fenimore Cooper was aboard while under construction.
- The Farmer was owned by George Washington.
- The USS Niagara was helmed by commander Oliver Hazard Perry in the Battle of Lake Erie, which was a key US victory during the War of 1812.
- The Rebecca was helmed by Captain Robert Jenkins whose boarding of the ship set off the War of Jenkins' Ear.
Brigs in literature:
- The Pilgrim, a cargo brig, had its 1834 voyage from Boston, Massachusetts to California featured in Two Years Before the Mast.
- The Lightning appears in Joseph Conrad's The Rescue.
- The Sea Hawk is featured in The Pirate of the Mediterranean by William Henry Giles Kingston.
- Captain Hook's pirate ship, The Jolly Roger, was prominently featured in James M. Barrie's Peter Pan.
- The Interceptor is used in the film Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.
- The Enterprise (the brig, not the spaceship) is in the film Star Trek Generations.
(The Interceptor and the Enterprise were portrayed for the movies by the brig Lady Washington.)
More Information on Brigs
A brigantine is defined by its two masts, only one of which -- the forward -- is square rigged. It differs from its close cousin the brig by having square rigging only on the foremast, as opposed to a brig which has square rigging on both masts.
Originally favored by pirates, brigantines were small and had both oars and sails. By the 1600s, the Royal Navy coined the term brigantine to refer to small two-masted vessels that could be rowed or sailed, and were rigged with square sails on both masts. By the 18th century, however, the term brigantine had evolved to refer not to a ship type, but rather to its rigging: square rigged on the foremast and fore-and-aft rigged on the mainmast.
Brigantines, while beautiful, weren't known for their speed. They could only travel about 5 knots, which is the equivalent of 9 km per hour or 6 miles per hour.
More Information on Brigantines
Christopher Columbus was reputed to be enamored of this small sailing ship, which is backed up by the historical supposition that the Niña and Pinta were caravels. Columbus is said to have repeatedly praised his favorite ship, the Niña, for her "great speed, maneuverability, and safety."
It's hard to define the archetypal caravel because it has changed over the centuries. Early caravels had two masts and a reputation for being fast and maneuverable, but low in capacity. In the 15th century, its rigging was somewhat modified. But regardless of the changes, the caravel's small size and gently sloping bow has always made it useful in shallow coastal waters. Its sail configuration also gave it the ability to take deep wind, which allowed it to achieve great speed.
More Information on Caravels
It's thought that the term "clipper" comes from the fact that unlike other old ships, the narrow bows of clipper ships allowed them to move quickly and cut their way through the water. This swiftness was tied to the word clipper because one of the definitions of "clip" is "to fly or move quickly." A clipper could move at 9 knots (17 km per hour or 10 mph), which was almost twice as fast as other merchant ships, which could only reach speeds of 5 knots.
Because of their small size, clippers were traditionally used to carry passengers or products such as tea or silk that produced large profits but took up relatively little space. They also were used to deliver the mail and were favored by pirates who took advantage of their quickness and small size. But in spite of their usefulness, the individual ships didn't last long. A clipper ship's life expectancy was less than two decades before it was broken up for salvage.
More Information on Clippers
Schooners are characterized by their fore- and aft-sails on anywhere from two to six masts. (The only seven-masted schooner, the Thomas W. Lawson, is pictured at right on what is believed to be its maiden voyage in 1902. It sunk in 1907 and made history by causing the first serious maritime oil spill.)
First implemented by the Dutch in the 16th or 17th century, schooners were further refined in the early 18th century by North Americans. If you believe sea lore, the term "schooner" came from a spectator who watched one cut across the water and said, "Oh how she scoons." ("Scoon" is a Scottish word that means to skip or skim over water.)
Schooners were used to carry cargo on long ocean voyages, short coastal runs and even inland lakes. In fact, during the peak of their popularity in the late 19th century, more than 2,000 schooners moved cargo across the Great Lakes.
More Information on Schooners
A sloop-of-war was a small sailing ship, which true to its name was used for warfare. It had one gun deck that could carry up to 18 cannons.
In the 18th and early 19th centuries, any ship over 20 guns came under a military rating system. But since sloops-of-war had fewer than 20, they were unclassified. Because of this a variety of ship types could be considered sloops-of-war, including brigs and cutters. Years later during World War II sloops were used for convoy defense and had anti-submarine and anti-aircraft capabilities.
2008 Tall Ships' Race Video
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Interested in Seeing Tall Sailing Ships in Person?
The Tall Ships' Race happens every year in a different part of the world.To learn more about it, visit this Wikipedia page about the races.
Past and Future Tall Ships' Race Routes
2001: Antwerp, Belgium to Ålesund, Norway to Bergen, Norway toEsbjerg, Denmark
2002: Alicante, Spain to Málaga, Spain to La Coruña, Spain to Santander, Spain to Antwerp, Belgium
2003: Gdynia, Poland to Turku, Finland to Riga, Latvia to Travemünde, Germany
2004: Antwerp, Belgium to Aalborg, Denmark to Stavanger, Norway to Cuxhaven, Germany
2005: Waterford, Ireland to Cherbourg-Octeville, France to Newcastle-Gateshead, England to Fredrikstad, Norway to Torbay, UK to Santander, Spain
2006: Saint Malo, France to Lisbon, Portugal to Cádiz, Spain to La Coruña, Spain to Antwerp, Belgium
2007: Barcelona, Spain to Genoa, Italy to Toulon, France to Alicante, Spain
2007: Aarhus, Denmark to Kotka, Finland to Stockholm, Sweden to Szczecin, Poland
2008: Liverpool, UK to Måløy, Norway to Bergen, Norway to Den Helder, Netherlands
2009: Gdynia, Poland to St. Petersburg, Russia to Turku, Finland to Klaipeda, Lithuania
2010: Volos, Greece to Varna, Bulgaria to Istanbul, Turkey to Lavrion, Greece
2009: Vigo, Spain to Tenerife, Canary Islands to Bermuda to Charleston, USA to Boston, USA to Halifax, Canada to Belfast, UK
2010: Antwerp, Belgium to Aalborg, Denmark to Kristiansand, Norway to Hartlepool, UK
2011: Waterford, Ireland to Greenock, Scotland to Lerwick, Shetland to Stavanger, Norway to Halmstad, Sweden
2012: Race one is from Saint Malo, France to Lisbon, Portugal; race two is from Lisbon to Cadiz, Spain; race three is from A Coruña, Spain to Dublin, Ireland
2013: Race one is from Århus, Denmark to Helsinki, Finland; race two is from Riga, Latvia to Szczecin, Poland
Ole olsen sailor swede on August 18, 2018:
Id love to just get info on stuff without some org. tryingto sell me something!
Pirate bob on September 21, 2012:
arggg!! Its fanatastic. love your blog punk
Dale Anderson from The High Seas on September 08, 2012:
I've seen a lot of tall ships out on the water and they are majestic. I always pause to watch them glide past, no matter what I'm doing. Their elegance always puts a smile on my face.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on April 12, 2012:
A quick search unearthed this image: http://www.norwayheritage.com/gallery/gallery.asp?...
But that's a Norwegian ship, so I don't know if it's the correct one. If it isn't, I would suggest doing Google searches using different keyword variations, such as "English ship Moonsoon", "sailing ship Moonsoon", "English sailing ships", etc. As you search, Google may suggest other terms to search in a dropdown menu, so you can check those out as well. Also, check out the Images link in the Google sidebar to see nothing but images related to your search terms.
shiraleee from Beenleigh Queensland Australia on April 11, 2012:
Hi all, I am doing my family tree and my family the Laxtons came from a place called Grafton Northamptonshire England..... they saled on a big ship called the Moonsoon from England somewhere to Brisbane Australia.... I am after a picture of the Moonsoon... if u know where i can get one from please let me know... cheers shiralee
S. Hudson on March 21, 2012:
Very Sorry, Wrong year, have found it
S Hudson on March 21, 2012:
The Tall ships stopped in Hartlepool in 2011
jamiesweeney from Philadelphia, PA on August 17, 2011:
I love sailing that's why I love your hub. Great work!
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on August 05, 2011:
Thanks, Bronee. I'm so glad you found the hub helpful!
Bronee on August 05, 2011:
Thanks for your hard work. This information has helped me no end in researching ships of yesteryear for a fictional work I am writing. Brilliant!
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on May 31, 2011:
Thanks, Bill. That sounds like a wonderful treasure. One of the tall sailing ship fans who visit this page may want to have that.
Billmo02 on May 31, 2011:
Lovely ships anyone interested in a orgainal America's Cup 1899 edition Book is in good shape considering it 112 years old 904-733-4962 still binded together. Bill
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on May 07, 2011:
Hmm, that's a good question. Tall ships would make a lovely subject for flags. I did a search but all I came up with were flags *on* tall ships, not picturing them. You might try the online shops on maritime museum Web sites. Here's a list of U.S. maritime museums: http://www.maritimemuseums.net/
Good luck with your search!
Evelyn Casey on May 07, 2011:
I absolutely loved all the information about the sailing ships. My question to you is why they don't have beautiful flags with pictures of these gorgeous tall ships. I would love to hang them in my yard. I'm volunteering at the Harbor Fest in Charleston but doubt very much I would find anything there. Any suggestions?
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on May 01, 2011:
How wonderful that you're doing what you love at 70! Thanks for cluing us into what's happening at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. I hope some of this hub's readers who live or vacation in San Diego will have a chance to visit it.
Jim Carlson on May 01, 2011:
I've always loved tall ships. I now crew on Sttr of India, HMS Surprise Replica, and on Californian repleca of 1847 revenue cutter. I got into this late in my life; made sail crew at the age of 63 and am stiil doing it 7 years later. The ships mentioned above are all part of the Maritime Museum of San Diego and are open to the public.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on March 08, 2011:
Thanks so much for your comment, LeFlaneur. I'll send you a message through HubPages with my e-mail address and you can send the photo there. I look forward to seeing it!
LeFlaneur on March 08, 2011:
Very Nice, thank you. Lovely Pics of the Tall Ships.
I am a 3rd generation seafarer, my grandfather being a shipwright, my father a gunlayer/range-finder and myself, an engineer (steam & diesel).
A point of interest, my mother's grandparents came out from Liverpool in the Brigantine Loch Fyne (owned by a Scottish company), in 1871. She made two more voyages from Liverpool to Fremantle, Adelaide & Melbourne, Australia, then the east coast of New Zealand. She normally went home about Cape Horn, with the Trade Winds and Roaring Forties behind her. On the second run, in 1873, she was lost with all aboard her. A year or two later, pieces of wreckage were found on an island near Cape Horn, and subsequently confirmed it to be Loch Fyne.
Being new to HubPages, how can I send you a photo of Loch Fyne, for your website? I will also provide a little more info about her, if you like.
d petersen on January 20, 2011:
wonderful site - wow in fact
roger on August 31, 2010:
very informative to someone not as expert on sailing ships, but very interested.
Junie on July 16, 2010:
I wish I would be able to see real ships like that beautiful photos. Yes, I saw many of it, cute and stunning design. But it is sealed in the empty wine bottle.
Thanks for sharing this insightful hub.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on July 14, 2010:
They're beautiful, aren't they? They truly don't make them like the used to.
charmstotreasure on July 14, 2010:
We have a Santa Maria replica in our city. Love these shops!
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on May 30, 2010:
Hi, Rod. Sorry, I'm not familiar with that ship, nor could I find any info on it when I did a quick search (which I imagine you've already done.) Try checking at the link I provided for John in the comment above. It's an American organization, but it might lead you to other resources.
Good luck with your search!
Rod Hanley on May 30, 2010:
My wife and I are working on family history and have found that her ancestors came here in 1665 on a ship called the "Phillip" from England. Just curious if any information is around for that ship.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on May 09, 2010:
Hi, John. Try the Steam Ship Historical Society of America (http://www.digark.com/sshsa/). They have a large collection of photos. Also, in case you haven't already done so, try a search for "historic ship association" or variations of that to find similar organizations.
John Jervis on May 08, 2010:
I am trying to find a photograph of a ship named "the Queen of the South" taken in 1878 The ship was photographed at a point called Rankins Landing in th River Murray near Goolwa South Australia It was a 2 masted steel hulled steam powered ship approximately 80 to 100ft long
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on May 04, 2010:
Hi, Bruce. I just e-mailed three links I found that light be helpful. :-)
Bruce on May 04, 2010:
If anyone knows of a picture and/or descriptive details on The Bristol, US cargo ship built about 1836 and wrecked on Rockaway Beach that year, I would be super grateful if you sent them to firstname.lastname@example.org I am working on a short-term non-monetory project. Thanks
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on February 22, 2010:
And thank you for your kind words! :-)
GojiJuiceGoodness from Roanoke, Virginia on February 22, 2010:
Beautiful pictures! Thanks for writing this hub.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on October 28, 2009:
How wonderful that you saw the Cutty Sark before it was destroyed.
Your book idea is fascinating. I wish you the best of luck with it!
Noni from Oz on October 28, 2009:
A few years ago I visited the Cutty Sark at Greenwich when on a visit to the UK from Australia and felt so sad when I read that it had been destroyed by fire, it was so beautiful. I am writing a book about a stowaway on board a sailing ship in the early 1900's and I wanted to get the feel of such a ship. I am so glad I did.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on July 21, 2009:
Thanks, euro-pen. :-)
euro-pen from Europe on July 21, 2009:
Wow. Very informative, ressourceful and enjoyable to read. Though I am a typical landlubber (living in a land-locked country) I would love to sail on a tall ship after reading your wonderful hub. Thank you for sharing
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on May 22, 2009:
I wish I could have seen that, Dolores! These ships are such masterpieces.
Thanks for your comment.
Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on May 22, 2009:
Very informative, hub, Wordplay. We had some tall ships come to our city some time ago. We went out on a point outside the harbor when they left, and what a sight as the first tall ship came around the bend - incredible!
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on March 06, 2009:
You're right, LondonGirl, I should. I would love nothing more.
LondonGirl from London on March 06, 2009:
you should come and see the Real Thing (-:
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on March 05, 2009:
Thanks, LondonGirl. No, I've never visited the Cutty Sark. The closest I've been to a ship like any of these was at Disnleyland!
LondonGirl from London on March 05, 2009:
fantastic hub, thank you.
Have you ever visited the Cutty Sark in Greenwich?
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on March 04, 2009:
Hi, Lupo. I agree these ships must have been a site in their heyday.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!
Lupo from Boston Area on March 04, 2009:
Thank you for this informative and interesting hub. I can't say I am a sailing ship nut, in that I know very much about them, but having grown up spending my summers at a seaside location I do love so many things that have to do with the sea.
It must have been fantastic to have lived on the coast near a port when large sailing ships were the mode of long distance shipping.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on January 26, 2009:
I love it! It makes me happy to know this hub brought back memories for you.
Thanks for stopping by. :-)
newsworthy on January 26, 2009:
This brings back the memory of a 4' by 3.5' drawing from the 7th grade, which earned high score with pencil & crayons . It was for History class and of The Matthew, a caravel sailed by John Cabot in 1497 from Bristol to North America.
I still have it rolled up. Thanks for the reminder!
C. C. Riter on January 23, 2009:
Indeed it is. Your quite welcome. Hope Paul finds what he's looking for. Keep up the good work.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on January 23, 2009:
C.C.: It's a small world, isn't it? It's so cool that the Internet lets people connect, even about things that happened hundreds of years ago.
Thanks so much for your kind words and for letting me know the ship type of the "Henry and Francis." I'm delighted you stopped by. :-)
C. C. Riter on January 23, 2009:
I enjoyed this hub immensly. I was so surprised by Paul Campbell's question as I recognised the ship 'Henry and Francis' as the one that brought my 7tn great-grandparents to New Jersey in 1685. They are listed as passengers in a book by Miss S. Helen Fields titled, 'Register of Reverend John Cuthbertson'. I think the ship was a brigateen. Paul is correct on its size and guns.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on January 20, 2009:
Good point, poetryman69. I've fixed them so you can enlarge them.
poetryman69 from Orlando on January 20, 2009:
cool ship pictures. It would be nicer if they were all clickable and enlargeble...
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on January 19, 2009:
I envy you, livelovecoffee. The last time I went on one was a day trip in the Caribbean over 20 years ago.
livelovecoffee from Georgia on January 19, 2009:
Great article. Just went on my first sailing trip last year.
Amber90 on January 14, 2009:
Excellent hub. Very ineteresting read and you have definitely captured my attention for future reads. Unfortunately I am not a sailor but I am dying to go! I am also quite a fan of boat usa and they have some pretty huge yatchs that have some of the nicest interiors I have ever seen. I think if i were to be stuck at see on one of those...i wouldn't necessarily hate it.
Great hub - looking for more from you!
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on December 04, 2008:
Hi, Paul. I wish I could be of help but I don't know the answer. I didn't know anything about this topic before researching it on the Internet.
When I got your comment, I did a Web search and found many references to the Henry and Francis. They seem to all be similar, though, as if the same info was copied in multiple locations. I also checked Wikipedia, which was one of my sources for this article. Unfortunately, I couldn't find references to weight in the sailing ships information.
You might try contacting the National Maritime Heritage Foundation at http://www.nmhf.org/. Given their name, I would hope they'd know the answer!
Paul Campbell on December 04, 2008:
Hello! I am hoping you can help me out. I am the editor of a magazine. An article that has been submitted to me refers to a ship chartered to carry passengers from Scotland to North America in 1685. The ship was called the "Henry and Francis," was 350 tons, and had 20 heavy guns. What type of ship might this be given its size and the time???
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on December 04, 2008:
Thanks for your kind words, pylos26. Yes, it is too bad most of these beauties are gone. The ones that remain are incredible pieces of history.
pylos26 from America on December 03, 2008:
i too love tall ships...they are so graceful and beautiful...to bad most are gone...terrific hub wordplay...pylos
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 28, 2008:
Thanks, marketingmergenow! :-)
marketingmergenow from Spokane on November 28, 2008:
Excellent hub WordPlay! Your hardwork & determination has paid you well. Keep up the good work. I really appreciated the old big ships in the old times.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 13, 2008:
You're welcome, Big Brother. Thanks for the fan mail you left! :-)
Alex Valis from Earth on November 13, 2008:
Imagine that i am from Volos - Greece and i didn't know anything about this...
Thanks alot my friend
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 09, 2008:
Thanks, RGraf! I appreciate your stopping by.
Rebecca Graf from Wisconsin on November 08, 2008:
Great hub! Very informative!
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on November 03, 2008:
Thanks, Weird Histories. I'm glad you found it useful. :-)
Weird Histories from West Midlands on October 30, 2008:
I really enjoyed your article and I've bookmarked it for future reference. Thank you
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on October 27, 2008:
Thanks, Paraglider! This hub has been the most enjoyable I've written so far.
Dave McClure from Kyle, Scotland on October 27, 2008:
I'll join the queue to say how much I enjoyed this hub. These old ships are so much a part of our history, especially the maritime nations like Britain.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on October 23, 2008:
Thanks, Bob. I'm glad you enjoyed it. :-)
Camps Bay Accommodation on October 23, 2008:
That was one informative but well built hub! Pictures totally make it! thanks wordplay!
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on October 22, 2008:
I'm so glad you liked the pictures! I'm delighted they brought back good memories for you.
ReuVera from USA on October 22, 2008:
Amazing pictures. Sailing vessels are so graceful! When I was little I had a dream to be a ship's boy on a caravelle. The walls in my room were covered with pictures of ships. What I wouldn't give then for those pictures from this hub! Thank you for bringing back all those memories. I still love sailing ships....
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on October 17, 2008:
Thanks so much for your lovely words, Shadesbreath. Thanks too for bringing up the caravel. I've never even heard of that! I actually wrote the hub because I had some wonderful sailing ship artwork and needed text to go with it. I hope it doesn't show, but I knew next to nothing about the topic before I started my research. But I know a lot about it now!
I just checked Wikipedia and found that the Pinta and Niña were caravels, so I'll definitely need to add them. I'll amend the text in the next few days.
Shadesbreath from California on October 17, 2008:
Wow, this was awesome. What a great, great hub with just the right amount of information on all of these to make it interesting and keep it flowing for a very rewarding read. I love old ships (not as a student of them, just as someone who loves old, elegant things and historical warfare) and I frequently find myself having too look up things about them for stories that I write. I was expecting to see the caravel in there, but I guess that didn't count as a "tall ship?" Too small maybe?
Anyway, really nice work. Thumbs up, you did a great job here.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on October 17, 2008:
Jerilee Wei from United States on October 17, 2008:
Very informative and interesting hub!
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on October 16, 2008:
Thanks, Ralph. Wow, that's quite a story about your grandfather. As I did my research I could see that there were many, many people lost at sea over the years. I never even thought about that before writing this.
Ralph Deeds from Birmingham, Michigan on October 16, 2008:
Interesting hub! My great grandfather's ship, the Apollo, sank on the way from Liverpool to Genoa circa 1850. He was from Smoland in Sweden where he left his wife on the family farm when he went to sea. He was captain of the Apollo when she went down in a North Sea storm.