Brigantine Swift in Camden Harbor


A brigantine is neither fish nor fowl; it’s got a fully square-rigged foremast and a fore-and-aft rigged mainsail. This kind of rigging is sometimes called a hermaphrodite brig, for good reason.

I’m obviously not as familiar with square-riggers; they’re not as common around here. I started this painting from the docks at Camden, and something about the angle of the spars drove me nuts. Finally, I asked my favorite Old Salt if they were turned 90° when she was docked. “It may look like 90° but the shrouds prevent that and limit bracing the yards to about 70-80° from fore and aft.”

Well, I didn’t mean exactly 90°, but if you ask an expert, you’re bound to get an expert opinion. Chalk one up for lifelong learning!


Brigantine Swift in Camden Harbor is 24X30, oil on canvas, framed in a tailored dark frame.

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