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yardarm

Nautical the two tapering outer ends of a ship's yard

yardarm

[′yär‚därm]
(naval architecture)
One of the ends of a yard.
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Perched 100ft above the deck on the upper topsail yardarm of a Tall Ship in a Force 4 wind, I could have done with a brandy to preserve my nerves as we stowed the sails.
In fact, Les, a retired builder from Surrey, confessed he had to make himself climb the masts and go out on the yardarms just to prove to himself that he could do it.
The 20-member deck crew uses electric winches to angle the 26 square sails and electric motors to furl and unfurl the square sails stored in the yardarms, plus the 11 staysails, four jibs, and one gaff-rigged spanker.
The wretched survivors were reduced to eating rats and mice, tactless soup made from wood-shavings, and even the tough leather wrappings from the yardarms.