to scandalize

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To reduce sail in gaff-rigged craft by hauling up the tack and lowering the peak of a sail. It was a method used by the old sailing trawlers to reduce speed through the water when operating a trawl. Also the yards in a square-rigged ship are said to be scandalized when they are not set square to the masts after the ship has anchored. Scandalizing the yards of a ship was a sign of mourning for a death on board.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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