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Square sail   /skwɛr seɪl/   Listen
Square sail

A four-sided sail set beneath a horizontal yard suspended at the middle from a mast.

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"Square sail" Quotes from Famous Books

... were blinded with tears as he obeyed the order. The bowsprit in those days did not, as now, run out almost horizontally from the ship's bow; but stood up like a mast, leaning somewhat over the bow, and carried a yard and small square sail upon it. Roger climbed up as far as the yard and then, aiding himself by the halyards, swarmed up until he reached the cap. When he did so the vessel was but little more than a hundred ...
— By Right of Conquest - Or, With Cortez in Mexico • G. A. Henty

... together but they are, of course, unsatisfactory and sail only moderately well. The Nordland boat-builders have long since discovered the high fore and aft, sharp-keeled boat, to be the most practical, with one mast and a broad, prettily cut square sail admirably suited to what is most required, rapid sailing in fore and side winds, though less so for tacking. The boat is exactly the same shape under water as the fast-sailing clippers for which the English and Americans have of late become famed. What it ...
— The Visionary - Pictures From Nordland • Jonas Lie

... a regular sailor, as I said before, but I got out on the yard, and cut the square sail loose and let it drop on the deck, and I let the jib come down on a run, and managed to bundle it up some way on the bowsprit. This sort of thing took all the nautical gymnastics that I was master of, and entirely occupied my mind, so that I found myself whistling while ...
— The Rudder Grangers Abroad and Other Stories • Frank R. Stockton

... bows a far-reaching area of snowy foam, while her wake was as wide as any two ordinary ships ought to make. Five or six times a day the flying East India or colonial-bound English ships, under every stitch of square sail, would appear as tiny specks on the horizon astern, come up with us, pass like a flash, and fade away ahead, going at least two knots to our one. I could not help feeling a bit home-sick and tired of my present ...
— The Cruise of the Cachalot - Round the World After Sperm Whales • Frank T. Bullen

Words linked to "Square sail" :   sail, canvass, canvas, sheet

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