A pinnace is one of two marine craft, the first a small vessel used as a tender to larger vessels amongst other things, and the second a ship rigged vessel popular in northern waters through the 17th-19th centuries.
The smaller pinnace is a light boat, propelled by sails or oars, formerly used as a "tender" for guiding merchant and war vessels. A boat is a Watercraft of modest size designed to float or plane on water and provide transport over it A sail is any type of surface intended to generate Thrust by being placed in a Wind &mdashin essence a vertically-oriented Wing. An oar is an implement used for water-borne propulsion. Oars have a flat blade at one end A ship's tender, usually referred to as a tender, is a Boat, or a larger ship used to service a Ship, generally by transporting people and/or supplies In modern parlance, pinnace has come to mean a boat associated with some kind of larger vessel, that doesn't fit under the launch or lifeboat definitions. A launch in contemporary usage refers to a large Motorboat. The name originally referred to the largest boat carried by a warship A lifeboat is a small craft carried on a ship to provide a means of emergency evacuation in the event of a disaster aboard the ship In general, the pinnace had sails, and would be used to ferry messages between ships of the line, visit harbors ahead of the fleet with messages of state, pick up mail, etc. A ship-of-the-line was a type of naval warship constructed from the 17th century through the mid-19th century to take part in the the naval tactic known as the Line of battle A harbor or harbour (see spelling differences) or haven, is a place where ships may shelter from the Weather or are stored Mail, or post, is a method for transmitting information and tangible objects wherein written Documents typically enclosed in Envelopes and also The pinnace was also widely used during the pirate infested 1600s, mostly in the Caribbean area. The Caribbean (ˌkærəˡbiən kæ'rəbiən Cariben|Caraïben or Caraïben; Caraïbe or more commonly Antilles; Caribe is a Region consisting The Spanish favored them as lightweight smuggling vessels while the Dutch used them as raiders. Spain () or the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España is a country located mostly in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. The Netherlands ( Dutch:, ˈnedərlɑnt is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which consists of the Netherlands the Netherlands Pirates infrequently used them as scouts and for night attacks since they were small, reliable, and extremely quick, even against the wind. Piracy is Robbery committed at sea or sometimes on shore without a commission from a sovereign Nation (as distinct from Privateering
The second, larger type was developed by the Dutch during the early 17th century. She had a hull form resembling a small "race built" galleon, and was usually rigged as a ship (square rigged on three masts), or carried a similar rig on two masts (in a fashion akin to the later "Brig"). A galleon was a large multi-decked Sailing ship used primarily by the nations of Europe from the 16th to 18th centuries A full rigged ship or fully rigged ship is a sailing vessel with three or more masts all of them Square rigged A full rigged ship is said to have a ship Square rig is a generic type of sail and rigging arrangement in which the primary driving sails are carried on horizontal Spars which are perpendicular or square The mast of a sailing ship is a tall vertical or near vertical Spar, or arrangement of Spars which supports the Sails Large ships have several masts In nautical terms, a brig is a vessel with two square-rigged masts Pinnaces saw use as merchant vessels, pirate vessels and small warships. A merchant vessel is a Ship that transports Cargo and Passengers during peace time A warship is a Ship that is built and primarily intended for Combat. Not all were small vessels, some being nearer to larger ships in tonnage. Tonnage is a measure of the size or Cargo capacity of a Ship. This type saw widespread use in northern waters, mainly by the Dutch, as they had a shallow draught. In nautical parlance the draft or draught of a Sail is a degree of Curvature in a horizontal cross-section