What does "Topgallant" mean?

Today it means: 3rd or 4th sail on the mast of a tall ship.

The topgallant or in sailor speak t'gallant would be the third sail on the mast above the topsail (tops'l) and course sail (main sail(mains'l)). However, it could be the 4th if the tops'l was further split into an upper and lower. Th topgallant would also be prefixed with the name of the mast i.e. fore (foremast) t'gallant.


By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Sailing Terms              

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