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The Red Wolf Conspiracy

By Robert V. Redick

The Red Wolf Conspiracy

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A Beginner's Guide to Tall Ships
The Red Wolf Conspiracy takes place almost entirely aboard an immense sailing ship (aka "tall ship") with seven decks and five sails, similar, albeit perhaps on a grander scale, to those one might envision in use during the 18th century. Although the book is set in a fantasy world, Redick references familiar ship types and crew positions throughout the novel.

A tall ship* is a large traditionally rigged sailing vessel.  Tall ships are defined by their rigging, their masts and, in particular, by their sails. Some of the more common ship types are:

  • Fully-Rigged: Three or more masts with square sails on each mast.
  • Barque: Three or more masts, with square sails on all except the smaller mizzen mast at the back (aft) of the boat.
  • Barquentine: Three or more masts, but with a square sail only on the fore mast.
  • Brig: Two masts, with square sails on both.
  • Brigatine: Two masts, with square sails ...

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