E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
in an engagement with the French near St. Martha, on the Spanish coast, in 1701, had his legs and thighs shivered into splinters by a chain-shot, but, supported in a wooden frame, he remained on the quarter-deck till morning, when Du Casse bore away. Almeyda, the Portuguese governor of India, in his engagement with the united fleet of Cambaya and Egypt, had his legs and thighs shattered in a similar manner; but, instead of retreating, had himself bound to the ships mast, where he waved his sword to cheer on the combatants, till he died from loss of blood. (See CYNÆGEROS, JAAFER, etc.)
Whirled by the cannons rage, in shivers torn,
His thighs far shattered oer the waves are borne;
Bound to the mast the god-like hero stands,
Waves his proud sword and cheers his woeful bands;