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  • n. Plural form of topgallant.


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  • And this he was able to do with very satisfactory results, for the light southerly air which had sprung up and met him when he towed his ship out of Plymouth Sound not only freshened up into a brisk breeze of such strength that he could only show "topgallants" -- as they were then called -- to it by rather bold "carrying-on," but it lasted a full week, during which the reckoning showed that the ship -- which proved to be amazingly fast -- had sailed a distance of fully twelve hundred miles, or more than half the distance between England and Newfoundland.

    The Cruise of the Nonsuch Buccaneer

  • Ach what you really need is a fill ship rigged mast with topgallants, royals and studding sails to get some real speed...

    [tadpole trike] recumbent, wind assisted

  • Their fore and main masts were square-rigged, sometimes with topsails and sometimes not, but rarely with the topgallants that were beginning to appear aboard larger vessels.

    Champlain's Dream

  • The courses, topsails and topgallants billowed out and the sheets on all heaved taut.

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • The royals appeared first, then the topgallants, and beneath them, taut and bellied with wind, the topsails and mainsails of her three masts.

    City of Glory

  • The MACQUARIE stood out to sea on the larboard tack, under all her lower sails, topsails, topgallants, cross-jack, and jib.

    In Search of the Castaways

  • As always, it was a grand sight to see the ship under a full spread of canvas, the royals, staysails, topgallants, topsails, and courses soaring overhead.

    A Furnace Afloat

  • As one watched a clipper ship grow from the horizon, he observed the sails rising row by row: first the skysails, high atop the masts, then the royals, topgallants, wide topsails, and closest to deck, the mainsails, or courses.

    A Furnace Afloat

  • So Friendship cannot set her topgallants and we cannot set our royals.

    Morgan’s Run

  • Her free-lifting square sails and gallants and royals and topgallants were swelling to leeward, cut into rotund patterns by the buntlines and leach lines, her taut rigging straining and singing against the quickening wind.



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