Terminology from the Age of Sail

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Topsail: In square-rigged vessels it is the sail set on the topsail yard. Normally the second sail in ascending order from the deck. Later large 19th century vessels may carry a lower topsail and an upper topsail. In fore-and-aft rigged vessels a variety of gaff topsails exist, generally still the second and sometimes third sail in ascending order from the deck.
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