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Thread #151478   Message #3535593
Posted By: Highlandman
09-Jul-13 - 03:24 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: 'topsails all a quiver'
Subject: RE: Folklore: 'topsails all a quiver'
If a square-rigger were sailing "topsails all aquiver" there would no doubt be some harsh words directed to the helmsman. Seems like one of those almost-nautical expressions that, oddly, sailors who should know better evidently tolerated in their songs. Like the wind that "bends the gallant mast" -- one would hope not, if the shrouds were set up properly!