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1 A line rove through a block at the jaws of a gaff and used as a downhaul when lowering the sail. It was only necessary in larger vessels setting a sail with a gaff rig.

2 A line used for cross-hauling the lee topping lift to hold it clear of the sail to leeward. This was done to prevent it from beating or rubbing against the sail or to stop it reducing the sail's aerodynamic properties by creating a ridge when the sail stood taut.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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