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Title: Harper’s Young People, August 24, 1880 An Illustrated Weekly Author: Various Release Date: June 13, 2009 [EBook #29108] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK HARPER’S YOUNG PEOPLE, AUG 24, 1880 *** Produced by Annie McGuire [Illustration: HARPER’S YOUNG PEOPLE AN ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY.] * * * * * VOL.
PRICE FOUR CENTS. Tuesday, August 24, 1880.
Copyright, 1880, by HARPER & BROTHERS.
$1.50 per Year, in Advance. * * * * * [Illustration] SOME QUEER RACING-CRAFT. The illustrations on this page are of two varieties of sail-boats that are very common in the vicinity of New York, and quite rare in other parts of the country.
They are boats built expressly for speed, and are used almost entirely for racing. The upper of the two pictures represents a regatta of swift sailing craft that, as can be readily seen, would be totally unfit for a cruise of any length, nor would they be of much use in ordinary pleasure-sailing.
They are very light of draught, have no cabin, are apparently very much oversparred, and carry sails out of all proportion to their size.
Most of them are sloop-rigged, and the main-booms are so Wed Apr 05 01:16:55 2017 2 long that, in order to control the sail at all, the main-sheet is trimmed from the end of a platform that overhangs the stern of the boat.
Out on this is seated a skillful boatman, whose whole attention is given to the main-sheet. These boats have very large centre-boards, and in races carry crews of from twelve to twenty men, whose duty it is to shift from sid...


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