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  • "They lowered the yard a-portlast, striving harder one would have said than it was possible for men to strive, often waist-deep in swirling water..."

    —Patrick O'Brian, The Far Side of the World, 225

    February 23, 2008

  • Also, according to A Sea of Words, 338:

    portlast--The gunwale of a vessel; a yard is said to be a-portlast when it lies on the deck.

    February 23, 2008