One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1with object To equip (a ship) with new rigging, especially as part of a restoration project. Also without object: to replace the rigging of a ship.
2with object Specifically. To fit (a vessel) with a different configuration of rigging, thereby changing the class of craft. Usually with as.
Early 19th century. From re- + rig. Compare earlier rerigging.
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