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The Fluyt was a multi-purpose vessel built by the Dutch which could be used for both civilian and belligerent purposes alike. In contrast to the more top-heavy Galleons built by the Spanish, or those of the English which were more streamlined, the Fluyt was built to minimise deck space, and had a more exaggerated tumblehome under the waterline. Although they were built with the intent to function as cargo vessels, Fluyts could sometimes be armed with guns to bolster the number of vessels in Dutch fleets.

This was done so with the intent of minimising whatever taxes the Danish Crown would levy (the use of the Sound was charged on the basis of deck space). Because of its relatively improved handling capabilities, its increased cargo capacity and its cheaper cost, the Fluyt was so popular that eventually English shipwrights would copy its design following two wars with the Netherlands.

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