To furl the sails of a square-rigged ship. A typical sequence for the upper sails commences with an order to lower the yard by means of its halyard, followed by the pulling of it right down with the sheets held fast and hauling on the clew lines. This is followed by slacking the sheets and bunching up the sail by means of the buntlines. If required the crew then go aloft and secure the sail to the yard with gaskets. Where the yards are not rigged to be lowered, the sail is first brought up to the yard by easing the sheets and pulling on the leech lines.
Subjects: Maritime History.