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Topgallant Yard

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The topgallant yard was the main yard on the third section of the mast (called the topgallant mast). It was from this yard that the topgallant sail was extended.

Topgallant yards were usually held in position by an assembly of ropes called a parrel, allowing the attached sails to be collapsed by lowering the yards in unfavourable weather.

Plate VIII of Falconer’s Universal Dictionary of the Marine illustrates the more common kinds of parrels, as well as providing further information about masts and yards.

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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 ]

Created: 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
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