jib, gib, jib-boom

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Sep 25 17:37:37 UTC 2007

At 9/25/2007 10:43 AM, Laurence Urdang wrote:
>I have checked my extensive citations for the Historical Nautical
>Dictionary and can report none earlier than Lighter's, for which I am grateful.

Laurance, have you rejected the earlier citations I reported?  Or is
"flying jib boom" not "jib boom" but "boom for flying jib"?

I wrote:
>Since I had found "flying jib" in a 1736 Boston newspaper (not yet
>submitted to OED), I just checked Early American Newspapers.
>American Weekly Mercury, Feb. 11, 1723/4, page 4, probably col
>1:  "... during which Time they plundered the said Sloop and took of
>her Cargo as follows. Flying Jib, Flying Jib Boom, Flying Jib and
>Main Halliards, ... and several other things which the said Pirates
>thought fit..."


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