bitt stopper

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A length of rope, in the days of sail when ships had hemp cables for their anchors, used to bind the cable more securely to the bitts to prevent it slipping. When a ship anchored with enough cable run out, the cable was brought to the bitts and secured by several turns round them. The bitt stopper was then passed round the turns to bind the cable in taut so that it could render around the bitts.

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