A light, swift, rowing, and sailing boat fitted with a centerboard (retractable keel), was initially developed for use by whaling crews and is now used more generally. Its double-ended, broad-beamed design is reminiscent of the old Viking boats; in time carvel-constructed whaleboats superseded clinker-built (lapstrake) vessels. The whaleboat’s superior handling characteristics soon made it a popular general-purpose ship’s boat, and it now often serves as a cutter or gig.

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  • Whaleboat. (2022, February 14). In Britannica. Link


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