from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The first headsail forward of the foremast, which sets on the forestay.


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  • "Send a hand or two forwards to see to the fore-staysail, so as to be ready for hoisting it when I give the word!"

    The White Squall A Story of the Sargasso Sea

  • The fore-staysail, which had only recently been hoisted when the studding-sails were set, being now found to be in the way of getting in the anchors, as it prevented the hands from working freely, Mr Marline ordered the downhaul to be manned as soon as the halliards were cast - off.

    The White Squall A Story of the Sargasso Sea

  • After a struggle, however, they managed to climb out to their station, getting the fore-staysail ready to haul up as the captain had commanded, although he only meant to use it in case the topsail carried away as we wore ship, which was very possible.

    The White Squall A Story of the Sargasso Sea

  • The cable was then well stoppered at the "bitts," and unshackled; and two men stationed at the stopper, with axes, and the order to cut the lashings, instantly, when so ordered; the fore-staysail was loosed, and hands stationed at the halliards; and the chief engineer directed to keep up a full head of steam.

    The Narrative of a Blockade-Runner

  • I love your daughter, indeed I do, he caroled, and buck-and-winged his way back to the poop, for he was only a boy, life was good, he was fighting a fight and as Mr. Murphy remarked a minute later when Matt ordered him to bend the fore-staysail on her; "What the hell!"

    Cappy Ricks Or, the Subjugation of Matt Peasley

  • The flying-jib and the jib were taken in, and a reef put in the fore-staysail.

    Chapter 2

  • After that they trimmed her fore-staysail over, and there was by contrast a curious quietness as Dampier jammed his helm up, and the schooner swung off before the sea.

    Hawtrey's Deputy

  • First of all, he must hold her straight before the wind without letting her fall off to leeward, which would bring the booms crashing over; then he must run past the boat, which he could no longer see, and round the schooner up with fore-staysail aback to leeward of her, to wait until she drove down on them.

    Hawtrey's Deputy

  • Crippled as she was, the _Selache_ would lie a point or two south of east when they had set an old cut down fore-staysail on what was left of her mainmast, and the hearts of her crew grew a little lighter as she crawled on across the Pacific.

    Hawtrey's Deputy

  • They hauled a jib down, backed the fore-staysail, and got the boom-foresail sheeted in, but they let the rent mainsail bang, for it could do no more damage than it had already done.

    Hawtrey's Deputy


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