Much the same in usage as European Barques, the 11th Century Chinese version was akin to a “fast attack” vessel. Designed for speed, their unusual “skimming” of the water gave the ships a “flying” appearance. Flying Barques were not designed to hold large amounts of soldier or weapons. They were mainly crewed by only the best sailors in the Navy. Their skill and experience were their main skill in battle. Lightly equipped, some versions featured a Ramming Spar. Barques ranged 120-140 feet long and displace 80 to 125 tons. Although Oar Powered – they relied more on their sails.