Originally Posted by svHyLyte
Mark--It is my understanding that scudding sails (usually only one) were heavily built and roped and used in the manner of storm sails to allow a full rigged ship to "scud" before the wind and are/were decidedly different than the outboard light air Stunsails.
Google certainly doesn't like it, but it does stand to reason.
The bits I read on Scudding is with very little sail set, or none at all. And if a sail was used it would be t'gallants or topsails.
But the modern people may be adding to the words, which is natural.
Certainly makes more sense that Studding Sails (which, as I understand it is the correct way written, but pronounced Stuns'ls.... Of course they were all illiterate back then!)
Any investigation really needs a judge from the Master and Commander series!