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outlicker, outligger


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A short boom which was extended astern from the top of the poop in the older square-rigged ships. It was used to haul down (or ‘lig-out’ in the older phrase) the mizzen sheet when the mizzen-mast was stepped so far aft that there was no room to do so inboard. Most carracks and four-masted galleons were fitted with an outlicker. A later equivalent was the bumpkin.

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