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The Brig

PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:40 am
by Alex
The logo for The Brig is not actually a brig. It is actually a full rigged ship. Full rigged ships have 3 square rigged masts.

There are 2 common uses of the term brig. The formal usage and another a lazy shorthand of brigantine. Both of these vessels have only 2 masts.

The brig has 2 square rigged masts while the brigantine only the forward mast is square.

http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mma/AtoZ/rigs.html

Re: The Brig

PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 11:03 pm
by natedern
Question about the term "The Brig." Besides the nautical usage, isn't there also some sort of prison or detainment meaning? Specifically, in Battlestar Galactica when Adama says "Send him to the brig" - any connection?

Re: The Brig

PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 2:05 am
by CurtisR
From the wikipedia entry for Brig

The word brig in its most popular present day usage, referring to a military prison on board a United States Navy or Coast Guard vessel, or at an American naval base, derives from the US Navy's use of brigs as prison ships.

Re: The Brig

PostPosted: Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:26 pm
by Alfanoo Merek
I'd thought everyone knew that "the brig" refers to an on-ship holding area (jail).

They're found on submarines, all sorts of naval craft, even pirate and sci-fi movies delight in mentioning them.

Apparently, there was a time long past when some entire ships were nicknamed "Brig". Maybe "Brig" ships were made out of old prisons...?


Final word on the matter: Brig spelled backwards is "Girb"... :cry: