Originally from the Greek word kannabis which nowadays means a stimulating narcotic but used to mean sheeting made from hemp. Hemp was also used to describe a narcotic at one time. However, sails were made from woven hemp which was called canvas. Even today a ship's sails are called it's canvas even though they are probably made from anything but canvas.
By SailingQuiz October 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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