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Cutter Thistle (clipper bow) Gaff Topsail Rig, underway

Major collection: Hart Nautical
Named collection: Arthur H. Clark Collection
Object type: photograph
Maker: unknown
Place made: unknown
Date made: 1887
Materials: paper; board
Measurements: 15 3/4 in x 12 1/2 in
Nomenclature: yachts; gaff cutters
Classification: ship portraits

A port-broadside view of the cutter 'Thistle.' She has a clipper bow, which is the most traditional bow style that inflects inwardly while curving forward. She is rigged as a gaff cutter with three headsails. Her foresail billows in the wind, heightening the drama of the photograph.


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