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Polacca Peak (Peak 8266, Bear River)  British Columbia   #7531
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges

Height: 2525 m -> 8284 feet
Prominence?: 515 m  
Line Parent?: Wahkash Peak (4.2 km away, at bearing 307 degrees)
Greater Parent: Wahkash Peak (4.0 km away)

Location:   50.96275,-125.20621     50:57:46, -125:12:22   10U 345075 5647999 (24 km W of Homathko Camp). (84 km NE of Sayward). NTS Mapsheet: 092.K.14   AreaCode: FM05/JC60
First Ascent: 1976 John Clarke [Main and SE]; from E.
John Clarke solo; see CAJ'77 p4, map p6.

Name Notes: Named according to the "types of sailing ship" theme of the area. A polacca is a type of seventeenth-century sailing vessel, similar to the xebec. The polacca was frequently seen in the Mediterranean. It sports three single-pole masts, often with a lateen hoisted on the foremast (which is slanted forward to accommodate the large lateen yard) and a gaff or lateen on the mizzen mast. The mainmast is square rigged, after the European style.

Some polacca pictures show what appears to be a ship-rigged vessel (sometimes with a lateen on the mizzen) with a galley-like hull and single-pole masts. Thus, the term "polacca" seems to refer primarily to the masting and possibly the hull type as opposed to the type of rig used for the sails.

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14 Summit Spine of Brig Christian Veenstra