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An old name for the waistcloths rigged above the bulwarks along the waists of sailing men-of-war before going into action to conceal the seamen working on deck from sharpshooters in the tops of enemy ships. The use of waistcloths lasted only a very few years beyond the 17th century because of the additional hazard presented by them of fire on board during battle.

See also warfare at sea.

See also warfare at sea.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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