Barquentine Hillside

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View of a sailing vessel by a dockside. Her foremast is square-rigged and has spars for five sails. The mainmast and mizzenmast are rigged fore-and-aft; she is therefore a barquentine. The Plimsoll line, introduced in 1876 to prevent overloading, is visible amidships.
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'Hillside' had a displacement of 525 tons and was therefore quite small compared to other steel sailing ships of up to 2000 tons being built at the time. 'Hillside' was launched by the Grangemouth Dockyard Co in 1897.

Steamships burned less coal than formerly due to the triple expansion engine but sailing ships competed with them on long routes with bulk cargos.

Square-rigged ships needed more seamen to work them than fore-and-aft rigged ones. Hence there was a move from full rigged ships with square rigging on all masts, through barques (see 'Clara' and 'Martha Bockhahn') with two square-rigged masts, to barquentines such as 'Hillside' with one.
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