Terminology from the Age of Sail

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Boom: A spar used to hold or extend the foot of a sail. In fore-and-aft rigged vessels such as schooners, a boom is a spar at the foot of the mainsail and also of the foresail and the mizzen. A boom often pivots and connects at the fore end to the mast by means of a gooseneck. Additionally, in square-rigged vessels, the temporary extensions to the yardarms to allow the rigging of studdingsails were also callen booms.
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