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a sail (or either of a pair of sails) immediately above the lowermost sail of a mast and supported by a topmast

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In his introduction to an issue of Essays on Canadian Writing dedicated to the literature of Newfoundland, Mathews claims Fowler's contribution, "Patrick Kavanagh's Gaff Topsails and the Myth of the Old Outport," "represents the romantic tradition in Newfoundland critical writing" and says the following of Fowler's reading of the representation of community as a sustaining and supportive force in Gaff Topsails: "this value is affirmed throughout and without reservation; no hint of irony calls it into question" (Mathews 16,17).
A brigantine was (and is) a two-masted sailing vessel with a fully square-rigged foremast and at least two sails on the main mast: a square topsail and a gaff mainsail (behind the mast).
It's Britain's last three-masted topsail schooner and was re-named Charlotte Rhodes for BBC show The Onedin Line.
Other populations such as the Gray River herd, the Lapoile herd and those groups of animals located in the Gaff Topsails region and CMU 69 are also down.
Tom Cunliffe's Hand, Reef And Steer: Traditional Sailing Skills For Classic Boats (1574092030, $24.95) gathers basic details on how to handle classic sailing boats, from setting up the rig and hoisting the sails to handling the boat under different kinds of sailing, and dealing with topsails, watersails and more.
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Skyscraper: The topsails of ships were called skyscrapers, and later lent their name to tall buildings.
In Gaff Topsails it is 1948 on the coast of Newfoundland rather than 1904 in Dublin, but many similarities remain.
All are two-masted; their rigging distinguishes topsail schooners (square topsails) from gaff-rigged schooners (no square sails) from brigantines (foremast entirely square-rigged).
The foremast topsails still have to be fitted, which will cost a further pounds 40,000.
"There are no recent herd estimates in either CMU 69 of the Gaff Topsails region, but caribou here are thought to be doing reasonably well even though hunters are experiencing a slight decrease in success rates."
"Sportsmen who spot and stalk the Middle Ridge (15,000 animals), Grey River (9,000), Lapoile (7,000) and Gaff Topsails (3,000) herds should enjoy success at least as good as last fall," says biologist Mike McGrath.
Imagine my reaction then when I spotted a painting in the Harrison Line sale catalogued as ``attributed to Joseph Heard'', a cracking picture titled ``The Brig Tom Tough sailing close-hauled under close-reefed topsails off the Skerries, Anglesey''.