from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small mast stepped on the extreme aft of small craft for setting a jigger.
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Mayo was assigned to the jigger-mast, and went aloft to shake out the topsail.
This craft was rigged with two masts, carrying upon the foremast a large standing lug and a jib, and a small lug upon the jigger-mast.
These latter, that is to say the jigger-mast and the small lug, we stretched over the stern-sheets of the longboat in the same way as we had dealt with the gig, leading the yoke lines forward on top of the sail, so that the steering arrangements might not be interfered with.
The great sails hung limp, without a single flap or quiver in them; the red ensign clung to the jigger-mast;
The jigger-mast was cut in two and flew upward like a pipe-stem.
You know, sir, we shot away her jigger-mast in the chase off Elba, and she got a new one, that steves for'rard uncommonly.
The manner of setting and bracing the jigger-mast is not indicated in this drawing, but may be partly observed in the plans on pages 287 and 289.]