The essentials of the schooner are two fore-and-aft sails and a headsail (jib), any other sails being incidental.
John Paul himself taught me to tack and wear ship, and MacMuir to stow a headsail.
The young skipper was determined to test the question, and, lashing the helm, he hoisted her headsail.
From for'ard came the jerking rattle of headsail halyards through the sheaves.
First, the smallness of the yard to which the head of the gaff-topsail is laced; and secondly, the great size of the headsail.