Beam ends

What does "Beam ends" mean?

Today it means: Broke, penny less, impecunity.

A ship aground, on her side and laid so far over that her beam is in the water is about to sink. Its very difficult to right and get her afloat again but not impossible. It became a saying by sailors who had no money.

   

By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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