to club haul

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To tack a square-rigged ship in a narrow space by letting go the lee anchor from the bow—though with the hawser led aft and stopped on the quarter—as soon as the wind leaves the foresails. As the ship gathers sternway the pull of the anchor brings the ship's head round on the other tack and the anchor hawser is then cut. This method was only used in an emergency in heavy weather and when the ship was embayed.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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