The pirate ship had furled their mainsail and within moments released a smaller topsail , but the distance between the two ships was too great despite the extra sail, and soon they dropped behind, losing heart for the chase.
Her bowsprit carries two foresails, and her large mainsail is gaff rigged, with an upside-down triangle of topsail to fill the gap at the masthead.
Other ships on the high-seas in the late 1700's and up to the end of the 1800's were the sloop, a single masted ship that could carry a mainsail, topsail and foresail.
The return with Kaliakra was slow, having crippled her taking out the topsail masts.
Marking the twentieth anniversary of the original Pride of Baltimore to Baltimore West Cork, the topsail schooner, Pride of Baltimore 2 from Baltimore, Maryland, made an official visit to Baltimore, Ireland from 24th to 28th August.
I hurried over to the topsail (we were all assigned positions for situations such as these) and began to climb the rigging.
It's fitting that the Hawaiian Chieftain sails San Francisco Bay regularly: A square-rigged topsail ketch, her rigging and hull shape are reminiscent of trading vessels that sailed along the West Coast in the 18th century.
There was also the Cutter, also single masted but she had a Gaff Mainsail, square topsail and Foresail.
She shouted and watched with a grin as Gilmore loosed the British flag above the topsail and it flew into the sea behind them.
The engines were steaming full speed astern, and by hoisting the topsail , the ship shot past it in safety.