35|36 :: Clippers (1820-1890)

Clippers were developed in the United States ca. 1820. They herald excess. With the new steamships as their main competitors, they seek speed and tonnage, but their ambitions will be their downfall…


In any event, masts here are ever higher and more numerous. Up to 7 masts! Metal gradually asserted itself everywhere it could be used.


Square sails, staysails, triangular sails, lug sails, anything went. However, two types are dominant: full-rigged and barque-rigged clippers. In the end, however, the main characteristic of clippers remains the fact that the bulk of the hull is moved forward, giving the ship a more hydrodynamic shape, borrowed from fish.