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1 A company of vessels sailing together. This use of the word is also used to describe the whole of a national navy or all the ships owned by a shipping company.

2 A creek or ditch which is tidal.

3 As a verb, it is generally used to describe a means of obtaining a better haul on a rope, purchases, or cable. When a tackle is approaching ‘two blocks’, so that no more movement is possible, the moving block is fleeted along to give a more advantageous haul. When shrouds become stretched in sailing vessels, so that the deadeyes come too close together, the upper set is fleeted further up the shroud so that there is room to haul it tauter. When an anchor was weighed by hand, the swifter was fleeted round the ends of the capstan bars to provide space for additional men to be used on the capstan.

4 A colloquial expression of fishermen describing a vessel's first movement when it drags its keel along the ground as the rising flood tide is just beginning to float it off.

Subjects: Maritime History — Warfare and Defence.


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