harness cask

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A large cask usually kept on deck in the days of sail which contained the salted provisions for immediate use. Salt pork and salt beef were usually known among sailors as salt horse because the meat was so hard and unsavoury, and the harness cask was where the horse without its harness was stabled. See also irish horse.

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