This is done so that it will not follow the mizzenmast when it swings from one position to another.
The mast upon which the smaller sail is set is known as the mizzenmast.
It does not matter about the mizzenmast, but the yard is of importance.
Teach, to the fore; Raveneau, to the main; and Rock, to the mizzenmast.
The mizzenmast was cracked, and the mainmast itself was injured under the convulsive blows of the gun.
It fell quickly, and as it fell it bore down the mizzenmast.
He himself assisted in lashing the jib-stay of the Serapis to the mizzenmast of the Richard.
Away to leeward we discovered the Canada, with her main-topmast and mizzenmast gone.
The mizzenmast, being badly wedged, began to topple, and had to be cut away.
He set the noose firmly upon his shoulders, leaped up, and caught at the hoops on the mizzenmast.