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Ropes fastened to cringles on the bottom edges of square sails to draw the bunt of the sail up to the yards. They are rove through blocks attached to the yard and then inboard to centreline blocks and down to the deck, usually to belaying pins on fife rails or pinrails. A strip of canvas called the buntline band is sometimes fitted on the forward side of a square sail to take the chafe of the buntlines. Crew often have to ‘overhaul the buntlines’ by slacking them from the yard to prevent them girding the foot of the sail.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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