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The second section of a sailing ship's mainmast.
- ‘The enemy's foremast was severed just below the fighting top and plunged through two decks; then his maintopmast went.’
- ‘The Raven had lost her maintopmast three days out from San Francisco, which had slowed her down for two full days.’
- ‘In less than an hour I had the maintopmast on deck and was constructing the shears.’
- ‘The unfortunate man was at the head, engaged in unshackling the maintopmast spring stay, when the cap of the foremast came off.’
- ‘Our mizzenmast soon went, and soon afterwards the maintopmast.’
- ‘Orders were then given to set the jib and maintopmast staysail, and the former was set but the latter could not be, as the halyards were foul aloft.’
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