main-topmast


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main-topmast

n
(Nautical Terms) nautical the mast immediately above the mainmast
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Noun1.main-topmast - the topmast next above the mainmastmain-topmast - the topmast next above the mainmast
topmast - the mast next above a lower mast and topmost in a fore-and-aft rig
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We soon perceived it was a large vessel, and that she bore up to us, but could not at first know what to make of her, till, after coming a little nearer, we found she had lost her main-topmast, fore-mast, and bowsprit; and presently she fired a gun as a signal of distress.
However, as their captain begged of us to help him to set up a main-topmast, and a kind of a topmast to his jury fore-mast, we did, as it were, lie by him for three or four days; and then, having given him five barrels of beef, a barrel of pork, two hogsheads of biscuit, and a proportion of peas, flour, and what other things we could spare; and taking three casks of sugar, some rum, and some pieces of eight from them for satisfaction, we left them, taking on board with us, at their own earnest request, the youth and the maid, and all their goods.