fore-and-aft sail


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fore-and-aft sail any sail not set on a yard and whose normal position is in a fore-and-aft direction
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In literature:

P.M. Split fore-and-aft main-sail at 7...hove to.
"The Logbooks of the Lady Nelson" by Ida Lee
Bent the Sails and Cleaned the Ship Fore and Aft.
"Captain Cook's Journal During the First Voyage Round the World" by James Cook
Wind light, and from east, which enables us to use fore and aft try-sails.
"The Personal Life Of David Livingstone" by William Garden Blaikie
Their sail area was increased by triangular fore and aft sails.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
The fore and main studding sails were set, two at a time, by the part of the watch on duty, the wind still being well aft.
"Outward Bound" by Oliver Optic
All square-rigged vessels carry fore and aft sails, three cornered, stretched between the bowsprit and jib-booms, and the fore topmast.
"The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence" by A. T. Mahan
He did this by tacking (that is, zigzagging) against it with sails trimmed fore and aft.
"Flag and Fleet" by William Wood
The fore-staysail sheet was accordingly hauled aft, and four men laid out on the bowsprit to loose the sail.
"A Middy in Command" by Harry Collingwood
Our average speed all that day was a good ten knots, the wind never shifting and every sail drawing fore and aft.
"Afloat at Last" by John Conroy Hutcheson
They reef their canvas, not like fore-and-aft sails in general, by the foot, but by the leach along to the yard.
"The Pirate of the Mediterranean" by W.H.G. Kingston