Fall ships are large traditionally rigged sailing vessels that evolved from the first sailing boat that man devised many thousands of years ago. It is said that the ancient Egyptians were the first to build sailing vessels and today one can still admire the Dhow, a lateen rigged Arabian sea-ship of the 19th century. This vessel has a triangular sail on long yard at an angle of 45 degrees to the mast. Yards are the long horizontal spars that are mounted at right angles to the mast.

Traditional rigging includes square-rigs and gaff rigs with separate topmasts and topsails. Square-rigged ships have square sails attached to the yards, while gaff-rigged vessels fly four-sided gaff sails which have a heavy spar at the top and a boom at the foot of the sail. According to their rig the vessels are known as: “Schooner”, “Brigantine”, “Bargue”, “Caravel”, “Galleon”, etc.

There are four classes of vessels: Class A- are giant sailing ships which are square-rigged and are over 48.8m. Class B- are Fore-and-aft rigged vessels between 30.5m. and 48.8m.Class C- are like Class B but are under 30.5m. Class D- are vessels with spinnaker-like sails. A spinnaker is a large triangular sail carried opposite mainsail of racing yacht running before wind.

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Cyprus Post, Republic of Cyprus
Κυπριακά Ταχυδρομεία, Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία


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Designer: Antonia Hadjigeorgiou





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Cyprus Post, Republic of Cyprus Κυπριακά Ταχυδρομεία, Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία, “Tall Ships, Thematic Issue ,” Αψίδα, accessed April 21, 2019, https://apsida.cut.ac.cy/items/show/44211.

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