In sailing, a spar is also know as a round pole of wood or metal used on a sailing ship. In modern usage it often refers to the mast, but historically the term was used more broadly to refer to the various booms, gaffs, yards, etc., of heavily "sparred" wooden ships.
Industry is moving to save face by fostering the environment Shell UK's `defining moment' over the disposal of the Brent Spar oil platform 12 months ago is helping manufacturing industry face up to its environmental responsibilities
Jun 20, 1996; SIR Crispin Tickell knows what he would have done with the Brent Spar. He would have allowed Shell UK to sink it on the basis...