Nowadays a cutter is a sailing vessel with one mainsail and two headsails – namely the Staysail and the Jib (see sketch under Rig). A vessel normally sailed with that rig remains a cutter even though one or more of the headsails is handed, and even if a Flying jib is occasionally added to make three headsails. This word is a good example of the way in which the language changes, for in the past it was either a ship-of-war’s boat, used for fetching stores etc., or a fast sailing boat used by revenue men, which like as not carried a squaresail on her single mast. In those days the word Cutter could relate more to the boat that to the rig, whereas nowadays it refers only to the rig. (See Sloop.)