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Brig

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A Brig - Pac Kups Jolly Roger Pirates (1936)

A brig is a sailing ship that contains two square-rigged masts. They are bigger than brigantines but smaller than frigates. During the Golden Age of Piracy the brig was very popular because they were fast and maneuverable which meant they made great pirate ships, merchant ships and warships. A couple disadvantages to a brig were that they required a relatively large crew to sail and were also difficult to navigate into the wind. A brig is also different than a brigantine which despite their similar names reference two different ships.

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