the Besansegel (or also only Besan called) is originally a Gaffelsegel at the rear mast of a Vollschiffes. The bark has the mizzenmast, which carries only Gaffelsegel at last position.

Modern boat types with Besansegel are z. B. the Ketsch and the Yawl.

The word“Besan” is Netherlands from the Arab word mazan for mast, whose sail holds the ship in even travel. This term arrived like also different naval designations of Arab origin by the Mediterranean trade into northern Europe. Older forms of the term in German language are missan (1487) and Meisan (1636). Only starting from that 16. Century appeared the today's form with the anlautenden b.


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