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A square port cut in the bows on either side of the stem of wooden ships on main deck level through which mooring bridles were led. The same ports were used in sailing warships for guns, moved up from the gunport next abaft, when the ship was required to fire as nearly ahead as possible, as when chasing an enemy vessel. When used at sea for this purpose they were sometimes known as main deck chase-ports instead of bridle-ports.

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