What does the word Maintop mean?

Usage examples for Maintop

  1. They were within a cable's length of each other, and Newton could plainly distinguish the features of the gallant Surcoeuf, who was in advance on the knight- heads, when a puff of wind, which at any other time would not have occasioned the starting of a royal sheet, took the sails of the corvette; and her wounded foremast, laden with men in the lee- rigging, unable to bear the pressure, fell over the side, carrying with it the maintop- mast and most of the crew who had been standing in the rigging, and leaving the corvette an encumbered wreck. – Newton Forster by Frederick Marryat
  2. I could almost see my cottage from the maintop, but I could not get leave to go on shore; and as to having Susan off to see me, that I would not think of, for she would have had to see and hear things such as I did not wish my wife to witness. – The Loss of the Royal George by W.H.G. Kingston