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  • Thus we had her sparred, all but a bowsprit and jibboom; yet this we managed by making a stumpy, spike bowsprit from one of the smaller spars which they had used to shore up the superstructure, and because we feared that it lacked strength to bear the strain of our fore and aft stays, we took down two hawsers from the fore, passing them in through the hawse-holes and setting them up there.

    The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig'

  • The jibboom was plunged right into the water, and, as I stared, the bows disappeared into the sea.

    The Ghost Pirates

  • To the sea also I was indebted for long pieces to serve as wall plates, one being the jibboom of what must have been a sturdily-built boat, while the broken mast of a cutter fitted in splendidly as a ridge-pole.

    My Tropic Isle

  • He did what he could to escape: he thought of girls, especially the pretty Miss Taylor; he climbed to the mizzentop to study Greek, slid on the jibboom to catch bonito, swung in a hammock beneath the spanker boom.

    A Furnace Afloat

  • Herbert Rice fell from a jibboom in a heavy sea, off Block Island, and this simple song, set to a very quaint old tune from a songbook called 'The Dulcimer,' is still remembered and sung.

    Death of Herbert Rice

  • I cannot say just how many breaths or how many beatings of my heart passed before we saw the sharp jibboom stabbing the sky like a flagstaff set on a green hill.

    The Urth of the New Sun

  • A terrific storm was experienced off the west coast of Ireland, in which the foretopgallant mast and jibboom were carried away.

    Young Lion of the Woods A Story of Early Colonial Days

  • I stepped over the quarter rail, grasped the topmast stay of the sloop, swung myself on the jibboom, and in the space of a few seconds after the captain had concluded his maledictions

    Jack in the Forecastle or, Incidents in the Early Life of Hawser Martingale

  • But, I say, I do know something of yachting, and that isn't the way to brace up the marling-spike to the fokesell yard with the main jibboom three points in a wind with some East in it!

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 101, July 4, 1891

  • He next sailed from Philadelphia on the 13th of October, and on the 18th of the same month encountered a heavy gale, during which the Wasp lost her jibboom and two seamen.

    International Weekly Miscellany - Volume 1, No. 8, August 19, 1850

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  • Also a great song by the Chords, which opens with the unforgettable lyric:

    "Hey nonny ding dong, alang alang alang
    Boom ba-doh, ba-doo ba-doodle-ay."

    You remember--

    "Oh, life could be a dream (jibboom)
    If I could take you up in paradise up above (jibboom)
    If you would tell me I'm the only one that you love
    Life could be a dream sweetheart
    (Hello hello again, jibboom and hopin' we'll meet again)..."

    July 29, 2008

  • All their noses upwardly projected from their faces like so many jibbooms.

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 91

    July 29, 2008