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A ship is said to be chapelled, or to build a chapel, when, after losing way through the water in a light or baffling wind (see also catspaw), it turns completely round or, when close hauled, goes about without bracing its head-yards and then comes back onto the same tack as before. It can be caused either by the inattention of the helmsman or by a quick change in the wind's direction.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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