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A blue and white flag (the flag for the letter 'P') hoisted at the foretrucks of ships about to sail. Formerly a white ship on a blue ground, but later a white square on a blue ground.



Related Terms

FOOTROPE

An arrangement each yard on a square rigged sailing ship is equipped with for sailors to stand on while setting or stowing the sails

MAIN SAIL

1) In all vessels is applied to the principal sail. 2) The lowest square sail set on the mainmast of a sailing ship.

LEECH

The vertical edge of a square sail.

LEACH

The after edge of a sail.

LEE SHORE

A shore downwind of a ship. A ship which cannot sail well to windward risks being blown onto a lee shore and grounded.

STUDDING SAIL

Also Stun' sail. Fair weather supplementary square sails, set by sailing ships at either side of each of the regular square sails.

HARDEN

To trim sheets of a sail tighter to create a flatter sail.

SAILING_BOOM

A spar attached to the foot of a fore-and-aft sail.

BUNTLINE

A rope attached to middle of square sail to haul it up to the yard

MOON SAIL

The sail above the highest square sail yard of an extreme clipper, with the point uppermost. See raffee.

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