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date: 25 November 2020

spanker, 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea
Author(s):
Colin MudieColin Mudie

the fore-and-aft sail set from the mizzen of square-rigged ships, usually with a gaff and a boom. Although used for propulsion, the principal function of the spanker is to aid the ship in manoeuvre and to be set to assist in the balance of the ... ...

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