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A verb with many maritime meanings. When a helmsman in a sailing vessel received an order to come no nearer, he had to hold the vessel as close as it already was to the wind and not attempt to sail it any closer. A ship comes to an anchor when it lets it go; ‘come up thecapstan’, an order to walk the cable back to take off the strain or to veer some of the cable; ‘come up thetackle’, an order to let go the fall.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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