Meaning of on her beam ends in English:

on her beam ends

(also on its beam ends)

phrase

  • (of a ship) heeled over on its side; almost capsized.

    ‘The ship was taken aback and thrown on her beam ends, in which situation she remained two hours.’
    • ‘Next day the vessel was discovered in a creek at Ulbster on her beam ends with the sea washing over her.’
    • ‘At daylight, the vessel was located on her beam ends, lying on her side where she had drifted.’
    • ‘The vessel went over on her beam ends at 9 o'clock Monday morning, and eleven men were washed overboard and lost.’
    • ‘Though LC has never been knocked down on her beam ends, it still could occur under the right conditions.’
    • ‘She was struck by a heavy sea, thrown on her beam ends or rolled over, and finally righted with the loss of both masts.’
    • ‘Then, as salvagers watched, the Dows reared on its beam ends, dipped its bow into the seas, and slid to the bottom.’
    • ‘The ship was standing on its beam ends with a 13 second period.’
    • ‘When I was about 10 days old, the ship encountered a hurricane and was thrown on its beam ends and set so low that the seas came in through the cabin skylights, completely flooding the cabins.’
    • ‘At 6 p.m. the Gneisenau heeled over very suddenly, showing the men gathered on her decks and then walking on her side as she lay for a minute on her beam ends before sinking.’
    • ‘This manoeuvre caused the jib sails to be blown out and with a lurch she went on her beam ends again with the main and mizzen yards under water.’
    • ‘The lightship, itself, in 36 hours of gale force winds was thrown on its beam ends and shipped heavy seas notwithstanding that it was running its engine.’
    • ‘Anchoring in Delaware Bay on 10 April 1801, the ship was caught in winds and an ebb tide which laid her over on her beam ends to ground, thereby occasioning need for extensive repair and refitting.’
    • ‘The ship then came broadside to, and each sea struck her on the side and threw her down on her beam ends.’
    • ‘On the way to the shore a sea struck the lifeboat broadside and pitched it on its beam ends.’
    • ‘As I was making the dogleg at Raft Island, a quick jibe and a gust put my unballasted craft on its beam ends.’
    • ‘It is important to check the bolts and the fittings on the stove and oven to make certain that even in a knockdown, with the boat lying for a moment on its beam ends, it will remain securely in place.’
    • ‘The strongest gusts exposed weaknesses in crews’ teamwork, and more than one yacht was laid on its beam ends, capsized, with crews wondering if and when the keel would restore balance.’
    • ‘All hands feverishly shoveled coal while the ship lay over almost on her beam ends, with her keel showing when she rolled.’
    • ‘This kayak wants to go straight, and fast turns should be negotiated on its beam ends.’