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Sloop vs. Galleon — What's the Difference?

Sloop vs. Galleon — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Sloop and Galleon

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Sloop

A sloop is a sailboat with a single mast typically having only one headsail in front of the mast and one mainsail aft of (behind) the mast. Such an arrangement is called a fore-and-aft rig, and can be rigged as a Bermuda rig with triangular sails fore and aft, or as a gaff-rig with triangular foresail(s) and a gaff rigged mainsail.
Apr 14, 2022

Galleon

Galleons were large, multi-decked sailing ships first used as armed cargo carriers by European states from the 16th to 18th centuries during the age of sail and were the principal vessels drafted for use as warships until the Anglo-Dutch Wars of the mid-1600s. Galleons generally carried three or more masts with a lateen fore-and-aft rig on the rear masts, were carvel built with a prominent squared off raised stern, and used square-rigged sail plans on their fore-mast and main-masts.
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Sloop

A single-masted, fore-and-aft-rigged sailing boat with a short standing bowsprit or none at all and a single headsail set from the forestay.
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Galleon

A sailing ship in use (especially by Spain) from the 15th to the 18th centuries, originally as a warship, later for trade. Galleons were typically square-rigged and had three or more decks and masts
A Spanish treasure galleon wrecked off the Florida Keys
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Sloop

(nautical) A single-masted sailboat with only one headsail.
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Galleon

A large three-masted sailing ship with a square rig and usually two or more decks, used in the 1500s, 1600s, and 1700s, especially by Spain as a merchant ship or warship.
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Sloop

(military) A sailing warship, smaller than a frigate, with its guns all on one deck.
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Galleon

A large, three masted, square rigged sailing ship with at least two decks.
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Sloop

(military) A sloop-of-war, smaller than a frigate, larger than a corvette.
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Galleon

A sailing vessel of the 15th and following centuries, often having three or four decks, and used for war or commerce. The term is often rather indiscriminately applied to any large sailing vessel.
The galleons . . . were huge, round-stemmed, clumsy vessels, with bulwarks three or four feet thick, and built up at stem and stern, like castles.
Apr 14, 2022

Sloop

A vessel having one mast and fore-and-aft rig, consisting of a boom-and-gaff mainsail, jibs, staysail, and gaff topsail. The typical sloop has a fixed bowsprit, topmast, and standing rigging, while those of a cutter are capable of being readily shifted. The sloop usually carries a centerboard, and depends for stability upon breadth of beam rather than depth of keel. The two types have rapidly approximated since 1880. One radical distinction is that a sloop may carry a centerboard. See Cutter, and Illustration in Appendix.
Apr 14, 2022

Galleon

A large square-rigged sailing ship with three or more masts; used by the Spanish for commerce and war from the 15th to 18th centuries
Apr 14, 2022

Sloop

In modern usage, a sailing vessel having one mast, commonly with a Bermuda rig, with either a center-board or a keel. In the United States, a sloop may have one or two headsails, while in Western Europe and Great Britain a sloop has only one headsail.
Apr 14, 2022

Sloop

A sailing vessel with a single mast set about one third of the boat's length aft of the bow
Apr 14, 2022

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