One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Lose a mast or other part of a ship through breakage.
- ‘We were just beginning to congratulate ourselves on a successful launch, when there was a huge crack, and the mast was carried away overboard!’
- ‘The bowsprit carried the mast away.’
- ‘Sails were blown away, the mainmast was sprung, and the mast was carried away and lost, with everything attached to it.’
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