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An anchor is said to be a-trip at the moment of weighing when it is broken out of the ground by the pull of the cable. In square-rigged ships topsails are a-trip when they are hoisted to their full extent and ready for sheeting home and yards are a-trip when they are swayed up and their stops cut ready for crossing. A topmast or topgallant mast is a-trip when the fid is loosened ready for it to be struck, or lowered.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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