One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(chiefly of a ship) holding a position in advance of others; foremost.
- ‘At noon our headmost ships were pretty near them, and between one and two, the Warspite and Dorsetshire began to fire, and were then abreast of the Cardinal rocks.’
- ‘We immediately bore down upon them and about nine got close to the weather quarter of the largest and headmost ship.’
- ‘At 10 A.M. the headmost vessel fired a shot, and hoisted a red flag.’
- ‘Shute ordered that before the Indians come to meet they fly a ‘British Flagg’ in their ‘headmost Canoo.’’
- ‘Our admiral had brought his squadron to anchor in a single line, his headmost ship being close to a small island, forming the neck of land upon which the fort of Aboukir is built.’
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