One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A platform around the head of the lower section of a sailing ship's mainmast.
- ‘There are many of places of the coast where fishermen could find the place where nets were cast, creels or maintops were lowered.’
- ‘On 12 April 1606, a royal decree declared that the ships of the Kingdom of Great Britain " shall bear on their maintops the red cross, commonly called St. George's cross, and the white cross, commonly called St. Andrew's cross.’’
- ‘It was a horrible lesson too to them, because it was afterwards found that he had taken up a bottle of whisky to drink at the maintop.’
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