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This is a picture of an early sailing ship from the 17th century which would have been used by merchants in scotland to ply trade with the rest of the known world. It is of the type which was becoming more common then of the three mast sailing plan. The masts were also becoming taller in order to gather more wind (and make the ship faster) with the mizzen carrying a square topsail as well as the lateen sail.
The model is one of a collection of Scottish sailing (and motor powered) ships which is housed at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
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