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Frank Scott
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Short answer – Yes

Studding sails appear in contemporary works such as Falconer’s Marine Dictionary (1769), where he deplores the fact that some call them Steering Sails. In speech the name was normally corrupted to stuns’ls.

John Harland covers these sails in considerable detail in his magisterial Seamanship in the Age of Sail (London, 1985), pp. 155-172. For the origins of the terminology, on which he is always very sound, see pages 162-3

Frank Scott