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  • n. Plural form of bowsprit.


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  • Below, here by the water-side, where the bowsprits of ships stretch across the footway, and almost thrust themselves into the windows, lie the noble American vessels which having made their Packet Service the finest in the world.

    American Notes for General Circulation

  • Oceangoing sailing ships of every type could be seen entering or leaving the seaport, lying at their moorings, or docked at the piers, their long graceful bowsprits thrust upward over the walkways.

    Hanging Captain Gordon

  • Lanterns swayed from their bowsprits, hung on poles out over the water to attract fish.

    Spirit Gate

  • The weariless tide came up and lifted the bedded keel and the plunged forefoot, and gurgled with a quiet wash among the straky bends, then lurched the boats to this side and to that, to get their heft correctly, and dandled them at last with their bowsprits dipped and their little mast-heads nodding.


  • The ships ride here so close, and, as it were, keeping up one another, with their headfasts on shore, that for half a mile together they go across the stream with their bowsprits over the land, their bows, or heads touching the very wharf; so that one may walk from ship to ship as on a floating bridge, all along by the shore-side.

    A Tour through the Eastern Counties of England, 1722

  • The Danes had packed their fleet into the basin, gunwale to gunwale, and the bows of the warships touched the quay so that their bowsprits soared above the stones.

    Sharpe's Prey

  • The length does not include bowsprits nor does it include rudders, brackets, outboard motors, diving platforms, or other attachments.

    Sailing Fundamentals

  • I watched the bowsprits of the leading vessels rise and fall behind us, and imagined them already training cannon on our stern.

    The Gates of Noon

  • The Assistant Undersecretary paid the heed to local opinion that sailors pissing off bowsprits pay to the wind.

    Even Cowgirls Get The Blues

  • All along the river front sailing vessels pushed their bowsprits and gilded figureheads far over the streets almost into the windows of the sail-lofts that were numerous along South Street.

    The Kirk on Rutgers Farm


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