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A tall ship is a large traditionally rigged sailing vessel. Popular modern tall ship rigs include topsail schooners, brigantines, brigs, and barques. Traditional rigging may include square rigs and gaff rigs, with separate topmasts and topsails.
It is generally more complex than modern rigging, which utilizes newer materials such as aluminum and steel to construct taller, lightweight masts with fewer, more versatile sails.
The term tall ship has come into widespread use in the mid-20th century with the advent of Tall Ships® Races.
Learn all about ‘life on board a Tall Ship®, including how they cook, sleep, shower, and wash their clothes. Find out what it takes to be a crew member or a captain. Hear the story and history of each ship and more!
A Tall Ship® adventure is a unique hands-on experience for the ship’s crew members, usually consisting entirely of volunteers and students. Many students sign up for the summer and become an essential part of the ship’s crew. This role usually involves more than just sailing, as it also includes food preparation, ship maintenance, and cleaning duties.
Water, sediment, and biological sampling provide students with tangible lessons in the marine environment as they personally encounter the physical effects of wind and wave. This formal study aboard a ship is frequently referred to as “sea education.” Historic vessels, or their reproductions, function as interpretive museum exhibits, conducting voyages of outreach to the public.