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chained_bear commented on the word spindle jib
"'You can see 'em even better from the hances,' said Jack, leading him to the side, and carefully following the admiring gaze of all eyes on the quarterdeck Stephen perceived an array of overlapping triangular sails along the bowsprit and beyond it, well beyond it. 'There,' said Jack. 'There you have the whole shooting-match. Fore and foretopmast staysails, of course, inner jib, outer jib, flying jib, spindle jib, and jib of jibs!'... He named a large number of other staysails, the spanker and driver... 'Now you will really have something to tell your grandchildren,' observed Mowett; and pointing upwards he added, 'And you must not forget the mizen topgallantstaysail, whatever you do.'"
--Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 210-211
February 14, 2008
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