The book I'm reading contains the following excerpt:
He thought of men he knew, junior to him but with better luck or better interest, who were now lieutenants in command of brigs or cutters, or who had even been promoted master and commander: and all of them snapping up trabacaloes in the Adriatic, tartans in the Gulf of Lions, xebecs and settees along the whole of the Spanish coast. Glory, professional advancement, prize-money.
It's apparently a simple question that should be possible to answer with a simple Google... but it isn't! No dictionary I've looked in contains a definition. Nothing appears on Google. I might believe it was a mistake by the author if the same word didn't also exist in some naval diaries from around the time the book is set. Clearly this was once a word that was in use... but I just can't find it.
I'm assuming it was a type of boat (like xebecs and settees), but can anyone find me a definition? Thanks!