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Variant of barkentine.


(ˈbɑːkənˌtiːn) or


(Nautical Terms) a sailing ship of three or more masts rigged square on the foremast and fore-and-aft on the others. Usual US and Canadian spelling: barkentine
[C17: from barque + (brig)antine]
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The Fuwalda, a barkentine of about one hundred tons, was a vessel of the type often seen in coastwise trade in the far southern Atlantic, their crews composed of the offscourings of the sea--unhanged murderers and cutthroats of every race and every nation.
Yet I know that I arrived this very morning from China, with a quick passage to my credit, and master of the barkentine Harvester.
In fact Eclipse was rigged as a bark (square-rig on fore and main masts, but fore-and-aft sails on the mizzen mast) and the other two as barkentines (square-rigged on the fore mast and fore-and-aft on the other two masts)!