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The middle section of a square sail where it was cut full to form a belly. It applied more especially to topsails than to lower sails which were generally cut square with only a small allowance for bunt. In a square-rigged ship the bunt of the topsails was frequently so heavy and voluminous that a bunt-jigger was fitted to the sails to assist in furling them. This was a small tackle of two single blocks by means of which the bunt of the sail was hauled up to the yard so that the gaskets could be secured. Bunters, the topmen working in the centre of the yards who gathered in the bunt when furling the sails. When a square-rigged ship was sailing before the wind she was said to be bunt-fair.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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