- n. Plural form of yardarm.
“But Caesar surprised them by hurling hooks into the rigging of their ships and pulling down their masts and yardarms.”
“There were times, when rolls and gusts worked against her at the same moment, when I could have sworn the ends of her lower-yardarms swept the sea.”
“Just as the ship flew onto the causeway and into the towers, the yardarms on the masts burned through and dropped the cauldrons onto the fire below.”
“I would counsel the same wisdom that sailors of yore used to tattoo to their knuckles as a reminder of what not to forget on the yardarms of tall ships in stormy seas.”
“In the meantime she lay dead, her lee yardarms almost touching the sea, the sea creaming solidly to her hatch-combings across the buried, unseen rail.”
“Of old, international sea law was very liberal towards naval intervention in cases of piracy, including the attendant executions of pirates from variously flagged yardarms.”
“Gone are the scores of deckhands who climb the yardarms.”
“On each mast were six horizontal yardarms — ranging from 40 to 74 feet in width — to support the sails.”
“Great lead weights and blocks of stone had to be lifted out by yardarms and lowered over the ship's side onto bright red tarps so they could locate them when they returned and put the ship back into the water.”
“The words were scarcely out of my mouth when smash went our bulwarks like brown paper, and our yardarms crumpled like umbrellas.”
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