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boom

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

The space in larger sailing vessels usually between the foremast and the mainmast. It was where the skid booms, supported by gallows, were stowed on board in the waist of the ship, and...

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broach

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence — Maritime History.

V. (also broach to) (of a ship with the wind on the quarter) veer and pitch forward because of bad steering or a sea hitting the stern, causing it to ...

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downhaul

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History — Warfare and Defence.

In the days of sail a single rope fitted in large ships for hauling down a jib or staysail when shortening sail. It was led up along a stay and through the cringles of the sail and then...

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foresail

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

Generic name for the sails that are set on the forestays of a sailing vessel forward of its foremost mast. However, a big boy or blooper, a light-weather foresail used by racing yachts, is...

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Gennaker

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

Trademarked name for an asymmetrical or cruising spinnaker. The word is a combination of genoa and spinnaker.

John Rousmaniere

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goose-winged

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A term applied in fore-and-aft-rigged sailing craft to indicate the jib or staysail being boomed out on the opposite side to the mainsail in a following wind to present the largest possible...

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guy

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

1 A rope or tackle used to control the lateral movement of a derrick.

2 A rope or wire led forward from a boom as part of the running rigging of a...

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jockey pole

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

A spar used on yachts to bear out the spinnaker guy to relieve the load on the guy when the spinnaker pole is forward. The inboard end is attached to the mast, the outer end with a sheave...

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Mae West

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A large parachute spinnaker used by large racing yachts, particularly the Big Class, during the 1930s. It acquired this nickname from the large swelling curve it took up when filled with...

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quarter blocks

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

1 Blocks attached to the quarter bands of the yards of square-rigged ships. They are used to turn down to the deck running rigging, such as the sheets of an upper sail and clew...

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