Origin of gaff topsail
Examples from the Web for gaff-topsail
I lost no time in calling Bob, and as soon as he came upon deck we got our gaff-topsail down and our topmast housed.For Treasure Bound|Harry Collingwood
I got hold of the gaff-topsail yard and run it under his arms, and threw a rope over him, and sung out 'Hold on, Greenleaf!
First, the smallness of the yard to which the head of the gaff-topsail is laced; and secondly, the great size of the headsail.King's Cutters and Smugglers 1700-1855|E. Keble Chatterton
Within a minute the mainsail and gaff-topsail were hauled down, so that the ship might fall off, and the jib hauled down.The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2|Roald Amundsen
Five minutes sufficed for this job, and we then reset our topgallant-sail and flying-jib, and shifted our gaff-topsail.The Log of a Privateersman|Harry Collingwood