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1 A short length of rope whose ends have been spliced together to form a circle.

2 A short length of rope with an eye splice in one end and a stopper knot in the other used in the days of the sailing navies to hold various articles (boarding pikes, cutlasses, etc.) together in their stowage.

3 A short rope with an eye splice in each end used to hold the foot of a sprit against the mast.

4 The eye at the base of a block for making fast the standing part of a fall.

5 Rope loops spliced and clove hitched to the jackstays on yards through which seamen put their arms to use both hands when furling sails on a square-rigged vessel.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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