breast backstays

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A pair of stays which led from the head of a topmast or a topgallant mast in a square-rigged ship to chain-plates forward of the standing backstays to provide support for the upper masts from the windward side of the ship. They formed part of the standing rigging of the ship.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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