Ship Plans of Italian Barquentine “Fidente”
For scratch-building a scale ship model
From Italian archives come the plans of the “Ship-Schooner” Fidente (Trusting).
In English we would refer to her as a barquentine (alternatively barkentine), which wikipedia defines as is a sailing vessel with three or more masts; with a square rigged foremast and fore-and-aft rigged main, mizzen and any other masts.
The barquentine rig offered advantages of a smaller crew, good performance before the wind and the ability to sail relatively close to the wind while carrying plenty of cargo, which made it a popular rig at the end of the 19th century.
Today, barquentines are popular with modern tall ship and sail training operators as the mainly fore-and-aft sails can be operated with ease, but the foremast of square sails offers a dramatic appearance as she sails into port.
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