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Of the sails of a square-rigged ship, to cast loose the gaskets, or stops, of a furled sail so that the sail may be set.

The term refers only to sails set on yards, and only when they are furled on the yards, implying the actual casting loose of the gaskets. Thus, if an additional sail, such as a royal, is sent up in fair weather, it is set, not loosed, as it was not already in position furled on the yard with gaskets.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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