jib-headed topsail

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A triangular topsail set above the mainsail in a gaff-rigged vessel. The peak of the topsail is hoisted to the masthead and the foot is stretched along the top of the gaff, so that the sail just fills the triangle formed by the masthead, the peak of the gaff, and the jaws of the gaff.

See also jackyard topsail.

See also jackyard topsail.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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