The booms

Related to The booms: blooms
that space on the upper deck of a ship between the foremast and mainmast, where the boats, spare spars, etc., are stowed.
- Totten.

See also: Boom

References in classic literature ?
The booms were tearing at the blocks, the rudder was banging to and fro, and the whole ship creaking, groaning, and jumping like a manufactory.
The poor fellow whom Queequeg had handled so roughly, was swept overboard; all hands were in a panic; and to attempt snatching at the boom to stay it, seemed madness.
He emphasised the difference between fore and aft generally by rubbing Harvey's nose along a few feet of the boom, and the lead of each rope was fixed in Harvey's mind by the end of the rope itself.
Lower till that rope-loop - on the after-leach - kris - no, it's cringle - till the cringle was down on the boom.
Disko did something to the wheel that checked the schooner's way, while Manuel, with Harvey to help (and a proud boy was Harvey), let down the jib in a lump on the boom.
Once or twice he could feel Kala Nag and all the others surge forward a few strides, and the thumping would change to the crushing sound of juicy green things being bruised, but in a minute or two the boom of feet on hard earth began again.
The booms, which are set adrift to serve as temporary barriers in case of an oil spill, were seen 92 km (50 nautical miles) from the provincial capital of Iba, Vice Gov.
Few candidate indicators, however, manage to predict more than 50 percent of the booms (or busts).
While polypropylene has been touted for its ability to soak up oil, Seshadri Ramkumar, associate professor at Texas Tech University's The Institute of Environmental and Human Health believes that cotton may do a better job to absorb the oil spill than the booms made of synthetic material.
Genie is marketing the booms to the construction and industrial arena and has seen a growing interest in mining and oil and gas applications, such as the tar sands in Canada.
Developing technologies to lessen the impact of the booms could open the national airspace to supersonic business and commercial flights.
An independent structural engineering firm's investigation of the booms, which were designed, manufactured and warranted by a subcontractor to Global, identified specific design and structural defects.