from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Nautical, an epithet noting a rig in which the square topsail is replaced by two smaller sails and yards, in order to lessen the labor of the crew and enable them to reduce sail with greater rapidity.
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The weight of the spar may be considered by some as objectionable, (an old argument against double-topsail yards).
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