English two-masted sloop, rigged as a 'Snow', c 1720-1850.
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Oil painting showing a warship at anchor in the harbour of a fortified coastal town. A snow rig is similar to that found on a brig, featuring two masts with square sails on each. Unlike a brig, a snow has an extra small mast fitted behind the main lower mast. Known as the trysail mast this is set with a triangular sail known as a spanker. Snow-rigged sailing vesels used to be common around Britain's coasts.