The order of sails on a tall ship

What is "The order of sails on a tall ship" ?

Today it means: Each sail has its own name.

All sails on a tall ship (sailing ship) will have its own name depending on the position it takes on the mast. Each sail will also be pre-fixed by the mast its on i.e. main course, main topsail.

The order from bottom to top is: course, topsail, topgallant (t'gallant), royal, skysail, moonraker and stargazer. Topsails can be further split into upper topsail and lower topsail. Sail configurations start from the bottom so not all ships would have all sails; losing the top ones.

See also: Moonraker  and: Skyscraper  and: The course sail

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              

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