A brig is a two-masted vessel with both masts square rigged. On the aft mast, the main mast, there is also a gaff sail, in some languages referred to as the brig sail but in English often called the spanker.

Some brigs have the gaff sail rigged on a separate mast just a bit astern of the main mast. This mast is called the snow mast, and such a brig is called a snow brig.

The brig with her two fully squared rigged masts possessed some unique sailing qualities, and a skilled master could manouver her with great ease and elegance; a brig could for instance turn around almost on the spot!

Brigs that are currently in service include the Astrid and the Royalist.

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