• In the news

  • By air, land and sea
    Press Herald, ME -
    ... The US Coast Guard's Barque Eagle - "the largest tall ship flying the Stars and Stripes and the only square-rigger in US government service," the Coast Guard ...
  • 1. Jean Camille Nasson. Known mostly by his last name, Nasson ...
    Miami Herald (subscription), FL -
    ... exhibition. He carves figures in wood, with nails and found objects. His piece Barque Agwe is the centerpiece of the show. 2. Sen Jak. ...
  • Romanian tall ship Mircea to call at Malta
    Malta Independent, Malta -
    ... An A class barque, the Mircea was built in 1938-1939 at the Blohm und Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and was commissioned by the Romanian Royal Navy. ...
  • The Tour That Never Was
    New York Times, NY -
    ... to point out the Empire State Building, another to point out the South Street Seaport, which is marked only by the tip of the mizzenmast of the barque Peking. ...
  • Cutter Eagle spends day in Portland
    WMTW, ME -
    ... waterfront. The Eagle is a three-masted, square-rigged barque that serves as the official training vessel of the US Coast Guard Academy. ...
A barque, sometimes spelled bark, was a particular type of ship's hull in the mid-18th century. It was a ship-rigged vessel with a plain bluff bow but a full stem with windows. HM Bark Endeavour, commanded by Captain James Cook was a famous example.

By the end of the 18th century, however, the word came to refer to a particular type of rig, three (or more) masted with square sails on fore and main but only fore and aft sails on the mizzen.

Throughout the period of sail, the word also was used as a shortening of the barca-longa of the Mediterranean Sea.