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  • n. Plural form of bobstay.

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Examples

  • It would have been easier, I think, with Englishmen, for Yankee bluebacks are deuced serious fellows, more concerned with their d---- d ratlines and bobstays than with interesting topics like drink, women and cash.

    Flash For Freedom

  • Does it put forth an article on naval matters -- straightway it becomes salter than Turk's Island, and talks of bobstays and main-top-bowlines and poop-down-hauls in a manner that, to put it mildly, is confusing, and would, if you read it, make you jump as if all your strings were pulled at once!

    Punchinello, Volume 1, No. 14, July 2, 1870

  • The bobstays are of solid iron, running 8 feet on each side of the keel, and going through a strong iron cap over the bowsprit end, where, a strong iron washer being put on, they are securely fixed with a nut.

    Lands of the Slave and the Free Cuba, the United States, and Canada

  • The boys kicked wearily through the tepid water to the schooner's prow, where Greer succeeded in catching the bobstays and climbing aboard.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock

  • The topgallant-forecastle is awash and the end of the bowsprit out of water, so that we can easily reach the upper ends of the bobstays.

    "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea

  • The mizzen-topsail, which was a comparatively new sail and close reefed, split from head to foot in the bunt; the foretopsail went in one rent from clew to caring, and was blowing to tatters; one of the chain bobstays parted; the spritsailyard sprung in the slings, the martingale had slued away off to leeward; and owing to the long dry weather the lee rigging hung in large bights at every lurch.

    Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11

  • Two startling thunder-claps burst over the ship, at about 9 o'clock, A.M. Last night, at 10, a heavy plunge carried away both our chain bobstays at once, and all hands were turned up in the rain, to secure the bowsprit.

    Journal of an African Cruiser

  • The mizzen topsail, which was a comparatively new sail, and close reefed, split from head to foot, in the bunt; the fore topsail went, in one rent, from clew to earing, and was blowing to tatters; one of the chain bobstays parted; the spritsail yard sprung in the slings; the martingale had slued away off to leeward; and, owing to the long dry weather, the lee rigging hung in large bights at every lurch.

    Two Years Before the Mast

  • Such neglect is highly culpable; more especially to rely on bobstays and gammonings for the security of a bowsprit!

    The Red Rover

  • To be sure, it is a culpable neglect to depend on bobstays and gammonings for the security of the bowsprit, but still even this is an oversight which, as my old friend has just told me, may be remedied by 'preventers and lashings.'

    The Red Rover

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