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1 A sail in the form of a studding sail set to augment, and sometimes replace, the spanker. In its original form, about 1700, it was a narrow sail hoisted to the peak of a loose-footed mizzen with a short jackyard and sheeted independently to an outrigger extended from the poop. When used with a boomed spanker the driver used a lower yard, and was sheeted directly to the boom end. Development included the use of a large light sail set with the spanker furled.

2 A term sometimes used for the spanker especially if the boom extends over the transom.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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