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Sweeps or oars on an American Cutter 1776

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The Brig Niagara had sweeps aboard for a season or two before discontinuing their inclusion. They were stored midships supported on each end between the masts and here are some photos I dug up on the internet. I was curious about sweeps too so I asked some Niagara crew members about the sweeps. They rolled their eyes and said they could only remember their being tested once. Aparently it was so disagreeable that they never tried again and in fact I believe Niagara no longer sails with them aboard.







 Niagara USS Constitution 


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