BUSS, BUIS, BUSSE, "Herring Buss"

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BUSS; also call BUIS by Dutch, BUSSE by Swedish, or known as “herring buss” in the 17th century. 

It was a small, bulgy fishing boat with three masts. Boat has narrow pop. Average length was about 50 feet and beam 16 feet. The largest boats were about 200 tons.

The buss has usually one square sail on each must. Sail call course was set from the lower yard. Boat has sometimes a topsail on the main mast.

Buss was very popular in England and Holland in the 17th century and was mainly employed in herring fishery. It was usually trailing the nets with only mizzen sail and the bow directed to the wind.

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