A defunct nautical term meaning to furl, using gaskets at the bunt of the sails but rope-yarns at the yardarms as the weight of the sail there was not so great. The word referred only to the mainsail, foresail, and spritsail of square-rigged ships. The clew lines leading to the yardarms to furl the topsails and topgallant sails were sometimes called farthelling lines. It is an oddity of old-time maritime phraseology that topsails and topgallants were always described as furled, not farthelled, though they were fitted with farthelling lines.
Subjects: Maritime History.