A sharp-built topsail schooner or brig-rigged vessel with tonnage from 90 to 200 tons, about 100 feet long. The masts were raked to preserve a balance of sail, the hull had a sharp V section and cutaway ends. Ill suited for carrying cargo, it was faster in light and moderate winds than most other vessels. The type reached its height of development in the War of 1812 in which Baltimore clipper schooners played a major part as privateers, posing a major threat to British merchant shipping. The type inspired later clipper ship design.