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Quote from: translateltd on May 10, 2009, 08:54:10 PMArabic doesn't normally use the letter 'p', but Urdu does. This probably explains the use of the b for this denomination.
QuoteNot a yacht in any meaning of the word, but a lateen rigged sloop.Originally, a yacht was a light, fast two-master, tasked with distributing messages from the admiral to the captains of the ships in a commercial or military fleet. Being fast, it could catch up with the larger ships, hence the name, which comes from the Dutch "jacht" (hunting). Today, it is mostly applied to motorized pleasure craft in Dutch (cabin cruiser in English), while it is used indiscriminately to all kinds of (mostly expensive) sailing boats in English.Originally a sloop was a workboat on board a larger ship. It was used to get crew to shore ferry supplies to the ship, as a lifeboat or to catch fish (from setting out nets to harpooning whales), while based on a mother ship. They sometimes, but not very often, carried mast and sail. Today, in English, a sloop is a simple, one-masted boat with two sails, a head sail and a main sail. The main sail is often "square", but the sloop on the coin has a latin (triangular) sail aft. In Dutch, a sloep is still a rowing boat.Peter