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A platform around the head of the lower section of a sailing ship's foremast.
- ‘So, unaware of what they had missed, the voyagers arrived in Bermuda on the evening of April 4, 1873, sliding to anchor at Grassy Bay with the aid of a local pilot standing at the foretop and directing the four men at the wheel.’
- ‘Together they stood in the foretops and conned the ship in through the seething maelstrom of the equatorial current.’
- ‘Billy, ‘king of the birds, king of the world,’ also climbs the foretop, shaped rather explicitly as a cross, and hangs from it, like the crucified Jesus, in shining white light.’
- ‘Her foretop and funnel lie scattered by the impact of her fall which drove the breeches of her massive 15 in guns through the armoured turret tops.’
- ‘An indication of the relative size of the foretops can be gained from the men on top of the observation level.’
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