Monday, January 18, 2016

Sail Away

Maine - Windjamming

For: North America Round Robin - Group 91: Anything Nautical
Notes: While all of these ships look somewhat different, they are all windjammers.  A windjammer is a large ship with an iron or steel hull, built as merchant sailing ships in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  They could typically hold between 2,000 and 5,000 tons of cargo, which ranged from lumber to grain to ore.  Windjammers were eventually replaced by steamships, which were able to deliver their cargo on time regardless of the wind.  There are a number of windjammers still in existence.  They are typically used as restaurants, cruise ships or museum ships.

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