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foremast

the mast nearest the bow on vessels with two or more masts
References in classic literature ?
Captain Doane climbed even higher, seating himself on the stump of the foremast with legs a-straddle of the butt of the foretopmast.
A three-cornered table within arm's reach ran from the angle of the to the foremast.
Scarcely were we clear when the foremast dropped down on the fastenings, dashing the jib-boom into the water with its load of demented human beings.