A hermaphrodite brig, or brig-schooner, is a two-masted sailing ship with square sails on the foremast and fore-and-aft rigged sails on the mainmast. It combines the two main types of sail plan, hence the term hermaphrodite.
The hermaphrodite brig is distinguished from a brigantine in having exclusively fore-and-aft sails on the mainmast, while the brigantine has one or more square sails on the main topmast, above a gaff rigged main-course, or "spanker".
Some suggest the term "hermaphrodite brigantine," or even simply "brigantine."
- Abranson, pp.14-17
- Abranson, Erik, Ships of the High Seas, Eurobook Limited, 1976