A Pinky Schooner was an ancient type of vessel adapted to a primitive sloop or schooner rig in the British North American colonies and widely used in the Maritime provinces until the early 1900s. Often less than 14 m long, they were cheap to build and ideally suited for fishing. The distinctive upward sweep of the bulwarks protected the outside rudder and gave shelter to the man at the tiller - an obvious advantage to the exposed head of most colonial ships. "Pinks" were popular in Nova Scotia for mackerel jigging and were used in the WAR OF 1812 as privateers. Today the pink is still occasionally seen as a cruising yacht. The origin of the name is unknown.