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On a sailing vessel, each sail derived its name from the mast, yard, or stay from which it is suspended.

The principal sail suspended on the main mast was called the mainsail.

An illustration of the sails as they were arranged on the main mast of an eighteenth century sailing ship appears in plate IX of William Falconer’s Universal Dictionary of the Marine.

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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: 3 November 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-P000118

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