Longboat

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Two longboats with crews

A longboat was a open boat used on-board ships during the age of the sailing ships. The original name was 'Shallop' but was changed to longboat in the 18th century.[1] A ship or vessel would carry several ship's boats for various uses. The most important would be a longboat, an open boat to be rowed by up to eight or ten oarsmen. The longboat had rowing benches designed for up to two men to an oar. A longboat was designed for use in rough water and could be rigged for sails. One of its main uses was as a pulling boat. Another was to weigh anchor.[2] Another important task was to haul casks of water to a ship.[2]

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  1. Howard Irving Chapelle, American Small Sailing Craft, Their Design, Development, and Construction (New York: Norton, 1951), p. 10
  2. 2.0 2.1 Brian Lavery, The Arming and Fitting of English Ships of War, 1600-1815 (Annapolis, ND: Naval Institute Press, 1987), p. 218