Boat with Lateen-sail

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A lateen-sail is a triangular sail extended on a yard which is slung one quarter from the lower end to a mast, and rigged in such a way that the upper end is raised in the air, and the lower end is brought down to form the tack. The word is merely a corruption of “latin,” and the rig is mainly used in the Mediterranean and on sailing canoes and small boats.




John H. Finley ed. Nelson's Perpetual Loose-Leaf Encyclopaedia (vol. 7) (New York, NY: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1917) 218


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