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What, if anything, does "urnariggad" mean?

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Hello all!

 

I encountered the word "urnariggad" in Sven Hedin's book about his expedition in Central Asia around 1900, "Asien - tusen mil på okända vägar" (vol. 1, page 475).  Here is the word in context:

 

Sedan däckades skutan med skinn, spändt som en trumma; en mast, som kunde tagas af, hade sin plats i klykor i fören och båten blef urnariggad.

 

For more context I attached a picture of the entire page (for more adjacent pages, see this imgur gallery).  

 

I can't find "urnariggad" in any dictionary and with some googling I couldn't find anyone else using this word, so I'm wondering what it means or if it's perhaps a misprint.  Thanks in advance for any help.

 

P.S.  The English edition of that book translates the quoted passage as: "Then we covered her with skins stretched as taut as a drum. A mast, which could be put up and taken down at pleasure, was fixed in crutches in the fore part of the boat, and she was rigged with a fore and aft sail." (source: https://archive.org/details/centralasiatibet01hedi/page/413/mode/1up?view=theater)

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Unarigg är det samma som kattrigg..

d.v.s. mast med ett bomsegel helt utan försegel.

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I think signature "Snoy" has nailed it.

Encyclopedia "Nordisk Familjebok" (1912) gives unarigg as synonym to kattrigg (cat rig in English).

In other words: a misprint.

 

Edit: Some details on the origins of the term una here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catboat

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dono, rigged as a "pott", or misspelled for unriggable

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Thank you all, this is very interesting!  Some googling suggests that the term "una-rigged" is sometimes also used in English.

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