Why is it called a yard arm?

The keels had a single mast with a square sail attached to a yardarm and two large oars. The funnel was tall and thin, and a yardarm allowed it to support a sail when there was a following wind. These spars are called “yards” and their tips, beyond the last stay, are called the “yardarms”.

At what time does the sun pass over the yardarm?

But the phrase developed in the North Atlantic and is most likely to refer to the foreyard – which means the sun would usually be seen ‘over the yardarm’ at around 11am. By naval tradition, this was the time when the sailors would be issued with their first tot of rum of the day.

What part of a ship is the yard arm?

The yardarms on a sailing ship are the horizontal timbers or spars mounted on the masts, from which the square sails are hung. (The word yard here is from an old Germanic word for a pointed stick, the source also of our unit of measurement.)

How do you spell yard sailing?

We’ve seen “yard sailing,” “estate sailing,” and “tag sailing,” too. We checked eight standard dictionaries and none of them listed “sail” or “sale” as a verb meaning to go to sales. However, the Oxford English Dictionary has examples going back to the early 1900s of “sale” used as a verb meaning to shop at sales.


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