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Top mast is a naval term to describe an upper mast supported by a thicker lower mast.

The top mast was the name given to an upper mast supported by a thicker lower mast. Often the topmast in turn supported a smaller upper mast.
Detailed explanations of how masts were constructed and functioned may be found in William Falconer’s Dictionary of the Marine. See especially the article, 'Mast'.
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  • Falconer, William, Online edition of William Falconer's Universal Dictionary of the Marine, or, a Copious Explanation of the Technical Terms and Phrases employed in the Construction, ...of a Ship...derived from the text of the London 1780 edition published by Thomas Cadell, 2004 edn, South Seas, http://southseas.nla.gov.au/refs/falc/contents.html. [ Details ]

Prepared by: Turnbull, P
Created: 4 October 2001
Modified: 28 February 2004

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000040

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