[ Dutch bijlander
by + land
land, country.] (Nautical)
A small two-masted merchant vessel, fitted only for coasting, or for use in canals, as in Holland. « Why choose we, then, like bilanders
to creep Along the coast, and land in view to
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• (n.) A small two-masted merchant vessel, fitted only for coasting, or for use in canals, as in Holland.
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A bilander is a large two-masted vessel fitted for coasting near to the land or on internal waterways. They were generally of about 160 tons displacement and used for the carriage of goods. They were rigged like a hoy and manned by a crew of between twelve and sixteen. Bilanders were typically Dutch, but English
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A Bilander, also spelled billander or be`landre, was a small European merchant ship with two masts, used in the Netherlands for coast and canal traffic and occasionally seen in the North Sea but more frequently to be seen in the Mediterranean Sea. The mainmast was lateen-rigged with a trapezoidal mainsail, but the foremast carried the conventiona.
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