Sailing ship is now used to refer to any large wind-powered vessel. In technical terms, a ship was a sailing vessel with a specific rig of at least three masts, square rigged on all of them, making the sailing adjective redundant. In popular usage "ship" became associated with all large sailing vessels and when steam power came along the adjective became necessary. Large sailing vessels which are not ship rigged may be more appropriately called boats.
Ocean journeys by sailing ship can take many months, and a common hazard is becoming becalmed because of lack of wind, or being blown off course by severe storms or winds that do not allow progress in the desired direction. A severe storm could lead to shipwreck, and the loss of all hands.
Sailing ships can only carry a certain quantity of supplies in their hold, so they have to plan long voyages carefully to include many stops to take on provisions and, in the days before watermakers, fresh water.
US Patent Issued to Ouchi Ocean Consultant, GH Craft on Feb. 21 for "Sailing Ship Equipped with a Hard Sail" (Japanese Inventors)
Feb 22, 2012; ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- United States Patent no. 8,117,978, issued on Feb. 21, was assigned to Ouchi Ocean Consultant Inc....
Ahoy! the Plucky Pirate of the Med; Yvonne Gordon Is Buoyed Up by a Voyage on the Largest Sailing Ship in the World
Jun 27, 2010; Byline: Yvonne Gordon Looking up at the tangle of ropes and rigging slapping and swaying about like thread in the wind, I feel my...