Coffa - Typical Greek sailing ship lookout point - circa 1821
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The upper part of the main mast (main-topgallant-mast) of the ship featuring structural elements for extra rigging support as well as the "Coffa" (or crow's nest) used as a lookout point. "Coffa" derives from the ancient Greek word meaning basket (as in woven container), since in some cases the platform was enclosed by such a structure to protect the look-out from falling off. Since the crow's nest is almost the farthest point away from the ship's center of mass, rotational movement of the ship is amplified and could lead to severe seasickness, even in accustomed sailors.
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May 10th, 2021
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