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Postby aukepalmhof » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:06 pm

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The stamp depict us a two-mast topsail schooner, when she carry on the foremast on the fore topmast a square sail or sails and a foresail with a boom on the lower mast, on the main mast a main sail with boom and a gaff topsail she is called a topsail schooner.

The name of the vessel is not known.

Libya 1993 50dh sg2153, scott?
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Re: TOPSAIL SCHOONER

Postby aukepalmhof » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:49 pm

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The stamp inscription gives “schooner” but she is a topsail schooner, sometimes called a square topsail schooner.
The after mast is mostly longer than the foremast. The rig type dates from the 18th century, although the name not adopted until the mid-18th century.

This type of vessel has two masts, each made of two spars. The mainmast is rigged exactly like the mainmast of any other schooner (i.e., fore and aft mainsail and gaff rigged topsail) but the foremast, though having the typical schooner's fore and aft rigged mainsail, has above it one or more square rigged topsails. The arrangement requires the ship to have a foremast yard (the lowest) from which no sail hangs. The foremast and all of its sails are comparable to that of a brigantine (see below). If there are square rigged topsails on both masts, then it is called a two topsail schooner or double topsail schooner

Somalia Republic 1998 400 SH. SO. Sg?, scott?
Guinea 2002 750f sg?, scott 2064.
British Virgin Islands 60c sg 206, scott?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sail_plan Aak to Zumbra a dictionary of the World’s Watercraft.
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