Long before the word came to mean tall building it was the name given to the highest sail on the ship. It was made of very light material and triangular in shape and could only be used in very light winds. Another sail could be used in the same place but it would be square and known as a "moonraker".
By SailingQuiz November 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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