On a square rigged sailing
vessel, a topgallant sail
(topgallant alone pronounced "t'gallant", topgallant sail pronounced "t'garns'l") is the square-rigged sail or sails immediately above the topsail
or topsails. It is also known as a gallant
Illustration of the foremast of the Stavros S Niarchos.
The topgallant sail is the second from top sail.
Topgallant sails in pink.
Later full-rigged ships
split the topsail (and often the topgallant sail) for easier handling. They thus fly two topsails (and possibly two topgallant sails) per mast. The lower topgallant sail is immediately above the upper topsail. The upper or only topgallant sail is set from the top of the topgallant mast
, if there is a lower topgallant it is set from midway down the topgallant mast. A staysail
set on a stay running forward and downwards from the top or midpoint of the topgallant mast is called a topgallant staysail
^ Underhill, Harold (1946). Masting and Rigging
. Glasgow: Brown, Son and Ferguson, LTD.
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