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breeching

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

The name given to the thick rope used to secure the carriages of cannons in warships in the days of sail, and also to absorb the force of a gun's recoil. The centre of the breeching was...

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clip-hooks

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Two hooks of similar shape facing in opposite directions and attached to the same thimble. They have a flat inner side so that they can lie together to form an eye and are much used in...

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eye

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1 Properly speaking, the circular loop in a shroud or stay where it passes over a mast at the hounds. It is formed by splicing the ends of two ropes or wires into each other to...

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lazy painter

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

A rope or wire with a thimble in the end hanging vertically from a boat boom rigged out from a ship's side to which its boats are made fast when in harbour, the boat's own painter being...

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lizard

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

A short length of rope with a thimble spliced into the end, used for various purposes on board ship; in square-rigged ships as a fairlead for the buntlines, for example. The length of wire...

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painter

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History — Warfare and Defence.

A length of small rope in a boat used for securing it when alongside a pier or jetty, or secured to a ship, at the gangway, astern, or on the lower boom. The inboard end is usually spliced...

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pendant

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1 A strop, or short length of rope or wire with a thimble spliced into the end, fixed on each side of the main- and foremasts of a square-rigged ship just below the shrouds,...

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puddening

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

A thick matting made of yarns, oakum, etc., which, like baggywrinkle, was used during the days of sail in places where there was a danger of chafing. Another form of puddening was fastened...

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reef-cringles

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

Thimbles spliced into the bolt-rope on the leeches of a square-rigged sail at the end of the reef-bands. When the sail is to be reefed the cringles are hauled up the yard and lashed to it....

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slings

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History.

In general, the ropes or chains attached to any heavy article to hoist it. Boat slings are made of strong rope or wire with hooks and thimbles in the ends to hook into the stem, keel, and...

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