I confess, that once I stole behind the foremast
to try it.
On the 10th of April, 1710, we arrived safe at Amsterdam, having lost only three men by sickness in the voyage, and a fourth, who fell from the foremast
into the sea, not far from the coast of Guinea.
There are HIS anchors, HIS headgear, his foremast
, his station for manoeuvring when the captain is in charge.
Captain Doane climbed even higher, seating himself on the stump of the foremast
with legs a-straddle of the butt of the foretopmast.
A three-cornered table within arm's reach ran from the angle of the to the foremast
. At the after end, behind a well-used Plymouth stove, sat a boy about his own age, with a flat red face and a pair of twinkling grey eyes.
Scarcely were we clear when the foremast
dropped down on the fastenings, dashing the jib-boom into the water with its load of demented human beings.
I could see its green and red lights, and its white lantern hanging from the large foremast
. An indistinct vibration quivered through its rigging, showing that the furnaces were heated to the uttermost.
After some time we got a mate, a boatswain, and a gunner, English; a Dutch carpenter, and three foremast
From the deck to the truck of the maintopmast is something over a hundred feet, while the foremast
with its topmast is eight or ten feet shorter.
All the stern and quarter of her were beaten to pieces by the sea; and as her forecastle, which stuck in the rocks, had run on with great violence, her mainmast and foremast
were brought by the board - that is to say, broken short off; but her bowsprit was sound, and the head and bow appeared firm.
`Up with the jib, reef the tops'l halliards, helm hard alee, and man the guns!' roared the captain, as a Portuguese pirate hove in sight, with a flag black as ink flying from her foremast
Named for the abbreviated form of forecastle -- used to describe the upper deck forward of the foremast
nearest the bow of a ship -- this title reflects the nautical connections of the castle's former owners, the Kennedy clan, who used the castle's coastal position for sailing, shipbuilding and even smuggling when they occupied Culzean.