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Not sure about the ‘jack’ part, but the first element comes from Dutch. The mizzen topsail first evolved as an alternative to the fore-and-aft mizzen, being more useful when off the wind. Kruis-zeil = Cross-sail. The yard to spread its clews was the Kruis-ra = Cross-Yard.