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The position of the helm of a vessel when it has been pushed down to leeward. ‘Helm's a-lee’ is the response of the helmsman of a sailing vessel after putting the helm down on the order to tack. When a sailing vessel heaves to in rough weather, the helm is lashed a-lee so that the bows are continuously forced into the wind, in which position the vessel lies more easily.

Subjects: Warfare and Defence — Maritime History.


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