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The Ringle is a two masted schooner, of the type known as a Baltimore clipper. Jack Aubrey won her from Heneage Dundas in a game of backgammon at the end of The Wine-Dark Sea. Like others of her type, she is a very fast sailer, can point much further into the wind than a square-rigged ship. She is used by Aubrey as a tender to his 74-gun ship HMS Bellona in The Commodore and The Yellow Admiral.

The Ringle is named after Ken Ringle, a Washington Post journalist who sent a book about the Baltimore clipper to Patrick O'Brian in 1992 just before he wrote the final chapters of The Wine-Dark Sea[1]. O'Brian was so grateful that he intoduced the Ringle into the books and named it after the man who had introduced him to the type.


  1. Washington Post article on O'Brian
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