Tall Ships, Windjammers & Fore and Aft Schooners

The term tall ship came into widespread use in the mid-20th century with the advent of The Tall Ships’ Races, and was not generally used in the era when such ships were the norm. The term’s popularity may have stemmed from its use in a well-known nautical poem by English Poet Laureate John Masefield entitled Sea Fever, first published in 1900. Generally, Tallships are defined as large traditionally rigged sailing vessel. (Square sails) Popular modern tall ship rigs include topsail schooners, fore and aft schooners, brigantines, brigs and barques. Windjammers are ships designed as merchant ships, but otherwise also tall ships. Fore and aft schooners played an important role in the early development of America’s maritime history, and by 1820 outnumbered all other types of vessels in Maine. Curlew is a fore and aft schooner, but in her case was designed as a yacht, hence her sleeker overall design. None the less, we have been fortunate enough to have participated in many of the local tall ship festivals, and are one of the oldest authentic schooners on the west coast.