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The name of a small jigger purchase or watch tackle, used on board ship in the past for a variety of purposes, especially for handling cargo in the holds. It was rove with one double and one single block and multiplied the power by four when rove to advantage.

Today, the term in the US Navy refers to a portable pump, driven by a petrol engine, used by damage control parties to pump out flooded compartments.

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