The essentials of the schooner are two fore-and-aft sails and a headsail (jib), any other sails being incidental.
She carries a fore-and-aft main-sail, gaff-topsail, stay-foresail, and jib.
Aft of the three principal masts is a large mast, only intended to be rigged with fore-and-aft canvas.
With jibs and fore-and-aft sails, the tack confines them amidships.
They reef their canvas, not like fore-and-aft sails in general, by the foot, but by the leach along to the yard.
The term “fore-and-aft” is derived from the forward part and the after part of the ship.
The only man available with a knowledge of the fore-and-aft rig was Stewart McCord, the second engineer.
fore-and-aft sails: Sails that are set on gaffs and stays, and not on yards.
The fore-and-main trysails; fore-and-aft sails set with gaffs, introduced instead of main-topmast and mizen staysails.
The sheer of a vessel is the fore-and-aft curve of the deck line.