Haroldine

Collection Type

  • Photography

Date

1884-08-30

GUSN

GUSN-276641

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Description

"The Haroldine, of Providence, R.I., was a notable early four-master, launched at North Weymouth in 1884. Symbolic of the shift from deep-water sail to coasting, she had originally been intended for a square-rigger --- note the indicatively high bulwarks. She is rigged with one yard, from which a square sail was set, bent to hoops. A triangular raffee was set above. This rig was especially common in the seventies, and was often found on schooners employed in offshore trades. The foot of the square sail, brailed in and stopped, shows in the photograph. These sails must have been useful, but were apparently not considered worth the bother, and were rarely seen in the eighties and nineties. The photograph [a deck view] was taken prior to the Haroldine's unusual maiden voyage to Melbourne and Hong Kong. Subsequently she was primarily employed in the coastwise coal trade and made three voyages to the River Plate as well as a second voyage to China. Although square-rig was better suited to conditions offshore, the big schooners successfully engaged in considerable deep-water voyaging." (Source: Bunting, W. H. Portrait of a Port. Boston 1852-94. Boston, 1971, p. 258.)"The Haroldine, of Providence, R.I., was a notable early four-master, launched at North Weymouth in 1884. Symbolic of the shift from deep-water sail to coasting, she had originally been intended for a square-rigger --- note the indicatively high bulwarks. She is rigged with one yard, from which a square sail was set, bent to hoops. A triangular raffee was set above. This rig was especially common in the seventies, and was often found on schooners employed in offshore trades. The foot of the square sail, brailed in and stopped, shows in the photograph. These sails must have been useful, but were apparently not considered worth the bother, and were rarely seen in the eighties and nineties. The photograph [a deck view] was taken prior to the Haroldine's unusual maiden voyage to Melbourne and Hong Kong. Subsequently she was primarily employed in the coastwise coal trade and made three voyages to the River Plate as well as a second voyage to China. Although square-rig was better suited to conditions offshore, the big schooners successfully engaged in considerable deep-water voyaging." (Source: Bunting, W. H. Portrait of a Port. Boston 1852-94. Boston, 1971, p. 258.)

Details

Descriptive Terms

schooners
merchant vessels
coasters (watercraft)
photographs

Additional Identification Number

Stebbins negative 245

Physical Description

1 photograph

Collection Code

PC047

Collection Name

Nathaniel L. Stebbins photographic collection

Reference Code

PC047.02.0100.00245

Record Details

Originator

Stebbins, N. L. (Nathaniel Livermore), 1847-1922 (Photographer)

Material Type

photographs

Publications Referencing This Collection

(1971.). Portrait of a port: Boston, 1852-1914. W. H. Bunting, compiler and annotator.. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press,, p. 258.

Description Level

Item