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The modern corruption of girtline. It was a single whip originally used to hoist to the masthead, or to the hounds, the standing rigging which was to be secured there while the ship was fitting out, and also to hoist the riggers, in boatswain's chairs, to do the work. The gantline was also used for hoisting sails in square-rigged ships from the deck to bend them on to their yards, as they were far too heavy to be carried up the rigging by the topmen.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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