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  • An hour after midnight we took in the main topgallantsail, and lay by with our head to the south until six bells, when we wore ship, proceeding north again, and saw Java Head at nine o'clock to the minute.

    The Mutineers Charles Boardman Hawes

  • "I reckon we can jist about do it, boss, if you put the helm up a bit kinder nearer the wind," drawled out the lookout from his post of observation in the main-top, where he had stopped a moment on catching sight of the object floating in the water ahead of the vessel, as he was coming down from aloft after restowing the bunt of the main-topgallantsail that had blown loose from its lashings.

    Picked up at Sea The Gold Miners of Minturne Creek

  • Before we could get the topgallantsail set there was a blinding flash off the bow-port, followed by a deep rolling peal of thunder.

    Mr. Trunnell, Mate of the Ship "Pirate"

  • We had hauled the trysails and other fore and aft canvas, which was comparatively useless to a steamer when running before the wind at the time we had altered course towards the south, in quest of the ship in distress, the _Star of the North_ speeding along with only her fore - topsail and fore-topgallantsail set in addition to her fore-topmast staysail and mizzen staysail and jib.

    The Ghost Ship A Mystery of the Sea Henry [Illustrator] Austin

  • She was running under her jib and foresail, with fore-topsail and fore - topgallantsail, being only square rigged forwards, like most ocean steamers; but, in order to save coals and ease the engines, the skipper had set the fore and main trysails with gaff-topsails and staysails as well, piling on every rag he could spread.

    The Ghost Ship A Mystery of the Sea Henry [Illustrator] Austin

  • On each mast the lower yard, lower topsail-yard, and lower topgallantsail-yard do not hoist up and down; the others do.

    Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XIII, Nov. 28, 1891 Various

  • Going on deck at once, I bawled for the watch to clew down the main-topgallantsail.

    Mr. Trunnell, Mate of the Ship "Pirate"

  • At three bells in the afternoon the sea had begun to go down enough to allow us to get our new topsails on her and a main-topgallantsail.

    Mr. Trunnell, Mate of the Ship "Pirate"

  • The men sprang to the ropes with a will, but ere they had begun to cast them off from the cleats an ominous sound was heard from aloft, and, splitting from clew to earring, our poor topgallantsail blew clean out of the boltropes with a loud crack as if a gun had been fired off, the fragments floating away ahead of us, borne on the wings of the wind like

    The Ghost Ship A Mystery of the Sea Henry [Illustrator] Austin

  • Before Blackwood could leave her, a shot passed through the main-topgallantsail, and the rent proclaimed to the eager eyes of the foes that the ship was fairly under their guns.

    The Life of Nelson Mahan, A. T. 1897


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  • Pronounced, of course, as t'ga'n's'l, with a short a.

    December 29, 2006