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Topmast Backstays. Two stays leading aft, one on either side, to stay a topmast against forward acting forces.

Topmast Stay. Standing rigging that stays a topmast in a forward direction. That on fore topmast is set up well forward on deck. Main and mizen topmast stays are set up in fore and main tops, respectively. Alternatively, they may be doubled in number and led to either side of ship forward of the mast.

Top Maul. Maul kept in fore and main tops for removing topmast fid when required.

Top Minor. Hole through which a strand is drawn to twisting machine when making rope by hand.

Topping. Raising one end of a yard or boom higher than the other end.


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