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The name given to an additional sail which acted as a sort of studding sail. It was set by naval sloops, which were not issued with studding sails, during the 18th and early 19th centuries. It was normally a square sail set on a temporary yard when the wind came from directly astern, but was occasionally a spare jib set from the topmast head and sheeted by tack and clew to the upper yardarms.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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