Terminology from the Age of Sail

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Top: A platform at the masthead of a ship whose main purpose is to extend the topmast shrouds so the give additional support to the topmast. Early tops were often enclosed and basket-like, later tops were always open. They were also great platforms for look-out and for snipers and archers to take aim from.
Top-hamper: A collective term for the uppermost rigging, spars, and sails.
Top-timber: The uppermost timber (futtock) of a frame.

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