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In a square-rigged ship when tacking, to haul the head-sheets to windward and lay the head-yards flat aback to pay the ship's head out of the wind, when the action of the helm by itself is insufficient to produce that result. It is a means of ensuring that the ship does not miss stays. In ships with a fore-and-aft rig the same result can be achieved when the vessel hangs head to wind by hauling out the clew of the jib to windward.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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