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wishbone


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A divided spar whose two arms are pivoted together at the fore end and arched on either side in a roughly parabolic curve. The wishbone spar extends the clew of the sail which is hoisted between the two arms, and the curves in the arms allow the sail to take up its natural flow without girt or chafe. It was originally used as a gaff, but was later developed as part of an unstayed rig.

Subjects: Maritime History — Warfare and Defence.


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