A Ship of Many Parts

BRIGATINE | Word Origin

A “small two-masted ship”, 1520s, from Middle French brigandin (15c.), from Italian brigantino, perhaps “skirmishing vessel, pirate ship,” from brigante “skirmisher, pirate, brigand” from brigare “fight”.

Brigantine Rigging

Zebu is brigantine, a two-masted sailing vessel with a fully square-rigged foremast and at least two sails on the main mast. The main mast is the second and taller of the two masts.

World’s First Tall Ship With An Electric Motor

Tall Ship Zebu has become the first tall ship in the world to swap her diesel engine for a state-of-the-art innovative and highly power dense axial flux electric motor which is lightweight and compact, and is powered by environmentally friendly rechargeable batteries.

“This is a major personal and technical achievement helped by funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund, which has been 2½ years of constant research and development, stubborn self-belief and working through a wall of doubters. But, I can say that we continue our journey to achieve our aim of completely restoring and keeping this beautiful iconic ship afloat and now with the electric motor installed and running, this is a huge leap on the way to being 100% powered by renewable clean energy.”  CAPTAIN GERRITH BORRETT

Zebu | Specifications

  • Name:
Zebu
  • Former names:
Ziba, Peter Pan
  • Registered port:
Liverpool
  • Nation:
UK
  • Type of rigging:
Brigantine
  • Laid down:
1938
  • Year built:
1938
  • Yard:
A.B. Holms, Rää, Sweden
  • Length Overall:
31.00m
  • Length (hull):
21.90m
  • Beam:
6.10m
  • Draught:
2.30m
  • Sail area:
395m2
  • Ship’s hull:
Wood (Oak and Larch)
  • Auxiliary Power:
Electric axial flux motor power

Every rope, sail, pulley, block and anything to do with the rigging, has its own name. At first you won’t have a “clew” and your head will be “choka block” with everything!