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  • n. Plural form of foretopman.

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Examples

  • He had the riggers and quartermasters and even the foretopmen constantly fiddling with the design of the harnesses to give the men the best pulling leverage with the least interruption of their movement and breathing.

    The Terror

  • Well, this cow was first stowed away in a pen the admiral had rigged up for her on the starboard side of the main deck, forrud; but on the gunner objecting to the mess the animal made there, she was then shifted to the port side, in the middle of the mess deck of the foretopmen.

    Crown and Anchor Under the Pen'ant

  • ` Throw her out of the bow port, 'he said to the gunner, who pitched a yarn about it being the foretopmen who had done the fell deed.

    Crown and Anchor Under the Pen'ant

  • "One of the foretopmen, who witnessed the accident, says that he appeared to cannon off something below, bounding out from the ship's side before striking the water, when he sank like a stone."

    Crown and Anchor Under the Pen'ant

  • At the same time the men in the _Chesapeake's_ main-top were driven out of it by the fire of the _Shannon's_ foretopmen, under Midshipman Smith.

    The Naval War of 1812 Or the History of the United States Navy during the Last War with Great Britain to Which Is Appended an Account of the Battle of New Orleans

  • "Lay aloft, foretopmen!" said the second lieutenant; and those of the watch who had their stations in the fore rigging sprang up the shrouds.

    Outward Bound Or, Young America Afloat

  • One of the foretopmen, drawing water in the chains, fell overboard; the alarm was instantly given, and the ship hove to.

    Frank Mildmay Or, The Naval Officer

  • One of the foretopmen, drawing water in the chains, fell overboard; the alarm was instantly given, and the ship hove-to.

    Frank Mildmay The Naval Officer

  • One of the foretopmen who hailed from Newfoundland was an expert with the harpoon, spearing with that weapon as many dolphins as he liked; these beggars being in the habit of plying to and fro under the corvette's cutwater as she sailed onward, delighting apparently in showing us the dexterity with which they could wheel about and leap athwart the ship's course as they pleased, keeping up with her or going ahead according to their bent.

    Young Tom Bowling The Boys of the British Navy

  • ` I don't know whether its your foretopmen or maintop-men that are to be blamed for it, and I don't care; but, you've stopped my milk between you, and I'm hanged if I don't stop your grog! '"

    Crown and Anchor Under the Pen'ant

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