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Sails and Sailing Ships One of man's earliest inventions, the sail, which utilizes
the power of the wind, was the most important means of propelling boats and
ships for most of maritime history. Not until the second half of the 19th century
Figure 1 : Spars, sails, and rigging of a lull-rigged ship. (1) Flying jib. (2) Outer jib.
(3) Inner jib. (4) Jib. (5) Fore skysail. (6) Fore royal. (7) Fore topgallant sail. (8)
Fore upper topsail. (9) Fore lower topsail. (10) Foresail. (11) Main royal staysail.
Among wooden sailing vessels the largest was the American "Great Republic" of
1853, with four decks. The first to use steam winches to hoist its yards and the first
to have double topsails, it was built as a four-masted bark for the Australian ...
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