Usage examples for gaff

  1. We responded by running our ensign up to the gaff, but reserved our fire for a while, the skipper having as yet had no opportunity of finding out our lads' capabilities with the guns. – The Log of a Privateersman by Harry Collingwood
  2. When a gent gets the gaff for shore, he falls for'ard. – Wolfville Nights by Alfred Lewis
  3. Here there was no such thing, but a local spectator offered me a huge fly, more like a gaff, and equipped with a large iron eye for attaching the gut to. – Angling Sketches by Andrew Lang
  4. Three miles of salt- water were between her and her antagonist, before the schooner's foresail was again set, when the vessel once more made sail on a wind and with her gaff topsails, fore and mainsail, fore- topmast staysail, and jib, seeming to fly through the water, making three feet for the " Halcyon's" one, going well to windward. – The Ruined Cities of Zululand by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
  5. I saw Wesley Marrs and Tommie Ohlsen- sorrowful and neither saying much- looking after their vessels- Ohlsen seeing to a new gaff. – The Seiners by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
  6. On looking through my glass I made out the star- and- stripe covered ensign, just then begun to be carried by provincial vessels, flying out proudly from her gaff end; while several ports at her side left me no longer in doubt that she was an enemy most devoutly to be wished away. – Hurricane Hurry by W.H.G. Kingston
  7. Happily, our gaff stood, although our topmast was carried away by her foreyard- arm, and came down with a crash on deck, papa narrowly escaping being struck. – A Yacht Voyage Round England by W.H.G. Kingston
  8. Major Kent and Meldon leaned across the gaff and dragged at the folds of it. – The Simpkins Plot by George A. Birmingham
  9. The barometer was falling rapidly, in spite of the stiller air, and he had had the royals and outer jib and gaff- topsail stowed. – Beggars on Horseback by F. Tennyson Jesse
  10. " Maybe," said the mate, " she will soon have too much breeze; that gaff topsail is foolish in a boat with no deck and no sailor on board." – Stories of Authors, British and American by Edwin Watts Chubb
  11. You take my tip, Tagg, that other woman, Mrs. Haxton, is as mean as, sin, an' she blew the gaff to- night when she dropped on 'em after supper." – The Wheel O' Fortune by Louis Tracy
  12. Killigrew laughingly informed Carminow that Ishmael had never met an actress in his life, and in reply to Carminow's half- mocking commiseration, Ishmael answered gaily that he had never even been to the theatre, except to a penny gaff that once visited Penzance. – Secret Bread by F. Tennyson Jesse
  13. One peculiarity of the bawleys is that, when at anchor, the mainsail, instead of being stowed with its spars parallel to the deck, is made up on its gaff, which is then hoisted with the throat seven or eight feet up the mast, while the peak rests on the stern. – A Chapter of Adventures by G. A. Henty