A sloop is a small, cutter- like sailboat with a mast and headsail that is often used as a larger dinghy . Such dinghies could be armed with a medium-caliber gun for landing operations and were then referred to as cannon sloops ( French chaloupe cannonière ). The term "sloop" is also inexact manner equivalent to the warship type Sloop or trade ship type Sloop used.
The term comes from the French language ( chaloupe as the name for the largest dinghy on a ship). In the past, this was also the name given to the larger, simple boats used in coastal shipping . The name most likely comes from the Flemish expression for a Dutch ship ( sloep ) in connection with sluipen , which means something like to slide, to slip .
Modern replica of a Dutch sloep
English sloop as a leisure boat with reefed foresail
Chaloupe the French Navy (1770)
- J. Gebauer / E. Krenz, Maritime Dictionary, Military Publishing House of the GDR, Berlin 1989, 1st edition, ISBN 3-327-00679-2
- Dudszus / Henroit / Krumrey, The big book of ship types, Volume 1, Transpress Verlag, Berlin 1987, 2nd edition, ISBN 3-344-00161-2