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 for To man the yards
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Man \Man\ (m[a^]n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Manned (m[a^]nd); p.
     pr. & vb. n. Manning.]
     1. To supply with men; to furnish with a sufficient force or
        complement of men, as for management, service, defense, or
        the like; to guard; as, to man a ship, boat, or fort.
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              See how the surly Warwick mans the wall ! --Shak.
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              They man their boats, and all their young men arm.
                                                    --Waller.
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     2. To furnish with strength for action; to prepare for
        efficiency; to fortify. "Theodosius having manned his soul
        with proper reflections." --Addison.
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     3. To tame, as a hawk. [R.] --Shak.
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     4. To furnish with a servant or servants. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     5. To wait on as a manservant. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     Note: In "Othello," V. ii. 270, the meaning is uncertain,
           being, perhaps: To point, to aim, or to manage.
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     To man a yard (Naut.), to send men upon a yard, as for
        furling or reefing a sail.
  
     To man the yards (Naut.), to station men on the yards as a
        salute or mark of respect.
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