"Our schooner looks a woeful picture out in the bay."
Topsail schooner Pride of Baltimore II
Public DomainTopsail schooner Pride of Baltimore II             Credit: United States Coast Guard

Schooners were first used by the Dutch in the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries and were popular in North America from the eighteenth-century onwards. They were prized for their sleekness and speed and were used in the trades that required swiftness of transportation e.g. slaving, pirating, privateering (hired war ships), blockade running (transporting food or arms to a blockaded city) or offshore fishing. They typically carried a crew of around  seventy-five, although the Prophetess could cater for a crew of ninety.