39 :: St. Lawrence Yawl

In 1914, a 23 m yawl was built at La Malbaie: St-Charles de La Malbaie. That is the type of boat represented here by Edmond Lecouvie.

 

There weren’t many on the river, but they were handy in currents, winds and tides.

 

Mostly rigged as cutters (one mainsail and several jibs) rather than as sloops (one mainsail and only one jib, generally at the head, i.e. hoisted to the head of the mainmast), they had a small mizzenmast at the poop. The small mizzen sail, still seen on many motor fishing boats, facilitates many evolutions. In particular, it makes it possible to remain into the wind at almost zero forward speed.