M E T E O R—As the New York packet sloop Eliza Ann, commanded by Captain William Potter, was proceeding down Long Island Sound, last July, about twelve o'clock at night, a meteor quietly seated itself upon the truck of the mast, where it remained several hours; but when the day dawned, in compliance with those rules which regulate supernatural affairs, his meteor-ship took his departure. Captain Potter afforded an interesting verbal account of all the acts and doings of the meteor, but we are unable to describe them.
Reference for the above text is: New Times, August 17, 1827, London, Middlesex.
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North America – United States, New York, Long Island Sound (Bay)
Long Island Sound Latitude 40-59-30 N, Longitude 072-49-58 W (D-M-S)
A fore-and-aft-rigged, single-masted sailing vessel with a mainsail and a jib
A boat that travels a regular route, as along a coast or on a river, carrying passengers, freight, and mail
Truck of the mast
A truck is a nautical term for a wooden ball, disk, or bun-shaped cap at the top of a mast, with holes in it through which flag halyards are passed. Trucks are also used on wooden flagpoles, to prevent them from splitting.
Without a masthead truck, water could easily seep into the circular growth rings of a wooden mast. However, the grain in the truck is perpendicular to that of the mast, allowing the water to run off it.
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