Richard Rosco stood beside the weather-bulwarks holding on to one of the mizzen back-stays.
Two others stood ready at the foot of the main and mizzen riggings.
The three masts are designated by the names fore, main, and mizzen.
This move brought him into a safe place between the mainmast and the mizzen.
The sails were square, with the exception of that of the mizzen, which was triangular.
He squinted at the mizzen rigging where the lanterns revealed the damage.
He struck the ship forward of the mizzen rigging and about five or six feet under water.
We control the braces on the mizzen, although they control the canvas on the mizzen.
He has fallen from the mizzen rigging this time; not from a great height, luckily.
But only the fore and mizzen ones are wanted to balance the pressure aloft.
early 15c., from Middle French misaine "foresail, foremast," altered (by influence of Italian mezzana "mizzen") from Old French migenne, from Catalan mitjana, from Latin medianus "of the middle" (see median). Klein suggests the French word is from Arabic, via Italian.