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A hermaphrodite brig, or brig-schooner, is a two-masted sailing ship with square sails on the foremast and fore-and-aft rigged sails on the mainmast.[1] It combines the two main types of sail plan, hence the term hermaphrodite.

The hermaphrodite brig is distinguished from a brigantine in having exclusively fore-and-aft sails on the mainmast, while the brigantine has one or more square sails on the main topmast, above a gaff rigged main-course, or "spanker".

Some suggest the term "hermaphrodite brigantine," or even simply "brigantine."


  1. ^ Abranson, pp.14-17


  • Abranson, Erik, Ships of the High Seas, Eurobook Limited, 1976

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