Definition of carry something away in US English:

carry something away

phrasal verb

Nautical
  • Lose a mast or other part of a ship through breakage.

    • ‘Sails were blown away, the mainmast was sprung, and the mast was carried away and lost, with everything attached to it.’
    • ‘The bowsprit carried the mast away.’
    • ‘We were just beginning to congratulate ourselves on a successful launch, when there was a huge crack, and the mast was carried away overboard!’