Definition of Gaffsail
1. Noun. A quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail suspended from a gaff.
Generic synonyms: Fore-and-aft Sail
Group relationships: Sailing Ship, Sailing Vessel
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Literary usage of Gaffsail
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Glossary of Terms and Phrases by Henry Percy Smith (1883)
"A boat of burden on the rivers of the east coast, rigged with a large pole-mast, on which is set an enormous gaffsail. It is as large as sixty tons burthen, ..."
2. Mast and Sail in Europe and Asia by Herbert Warington Smyth (1906)
"The mizen carries a fore-and-aft gaffsail, taking the place ' It is noticeable that in the main outline of hull, in the general disposition of the three ..."
3. A Treatise on Hygiene and Public Health by Thomas Stevenson, Shirley Forster Murphy (1898)
"A three-masted vessel, the two foremost masts being square- rigged as above, the hindmost, or mizzen, having only topmast with gaffsail. ..."
4. Old Sea Wings, Ways, and Words, in the Days of Oak and Hemp by Robert Charles Leslie (1890)
"... his old wherry being often seen now with a longer mast and gaffsail, in place of the good old- fashioned spritsail; while owing perhaps to bad times and ..."
5. The Sea-fisherman: Comprising the Chief Methods of Hook and Line Fishing in by James C. Wilcocks (1884)
"... but no more, and diminish your after sail by lowering your mizen, or your sprit if your boat is of that rig, or dropping the peak of a gaffsail-boat a ..."
6. Hunt's Yachting Magazine (1866)
"The topsail and gaffsail bargee differ from the stumps in being fitted with topmasts, and are thus enabled to set topsails, and the latter class are ..."