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Originally, a platform set on the mastheads of medieval ships to carry small masts and sails to help to reduce rolling. They were also used for lookouts and as a station for archers when fighting other ships, hence the term fighting tops. As ships developed, tops were built at the head of the main and topgallant masts supported by the trestle and crosstrees to aid access to the yards and provide working and lookout stations aloft.

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