The maintopmast was over thirty feet in length, the foretopmast
nearly thirty, and it was of these that I intended making the shears.
Captain Doane climbed even higher, seating himself on the stump of the foremast with legs a-straddle of the butt of the foretopmast
A wire rope led from the foretopmast
to the file of mules on the tow-path a hundred yards ahead, and by dint of much banging and swearing and urging, the detachment of drivers managed to get a speed of two or three miles an hour out of the mules against the stiff current.