from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fully rigged; with all the sails set that properly belong to the class of vessel named or referred to: as, a full-rigged ship. See ship.


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  • A full-rigged ship was bearing down upon them a short mile away.


  • In fact, she was a full-rigged, three-topmast schooner, newly built.

    Chris Farrington, Able Seaman

  • On each shell were painted precipitous and impossible seas through which full-rigged ships foamed with a lack of perspective only equalled by their sharp technical perfection.


  • In the 15th century, western Europeans developed the full-rigged ship, which was more capable than earlier vessels of dealing with the far greater distances and tougher conditions of the Atlantic.

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  • Just then, to the windward a full-rigged ship bears down on them, "the brightly coppered forefoot parting the water like a golden knife, the headsails flapping lazily ..."

    “Some day, all the fools will be dead....”

  • The "Sophie" Sutherland, a newly-built, three-masted, full-rigged schooner, out of San Francisco, is hunting seals along the Japanese coast north to the Bering Sea and Chris Farrington and a Swedish boat-puller named Emil Johansen, argue over protocol.

    “Why this longing for life? It is a game which no man wins.”

  • When 150 pounds of solid, healthy womanhood struck the top of the canopy exactly in the middle, the metallic supports snapped like so many pipe-stems and the whole structure heeled over like a full-rigged ship in a squall, and spilled her on the floor, where she sat half stunned by the fall and afraid to move.

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  • As a young man in the Navy he had once made ships himself, full-rigged ships inserted miraculously into whisky bottles.

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  • Traditionally, sailors are entitled to the bragging rights of a gold earring in their left ear and a tattoo of a full-rigged ship.

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  • These later barques were as large as full-rigged ships, and were much used in the nineteenth century for reasons of economy and versatility.

    Champlain's Dream


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