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  • "...the children, who would not be left, tangled themselves in the woolded bumpkin; so all three wedged themselves fairly comfortably along what forward rail the galley possessed..."

    --P. O'Brian, The Hundred Days, 225

    March 25, 2008

  • alt. "woolded boomkin":

    "'She must have three square-rigged masts, sir,' they told him kindly, 'and a bowsprit; and the mast musts be in three—lower, top and topgallant—for we never call a polacre a ship.'

    'Don't you, though?' said Stephen.

    'Oh no, sir,' they cried earnestly, 'nor a cat. Nor a xebec; for although you may think xebecs have a bowsprit, it is really only a sort of woolded boomkin.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, Master and Commander, 104

    March 29, 2008