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to haul


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The seaman's word meaning to pull. Virtually every rope that needs a pull to perform its function is hauled at sea, never pulled. ‘Mainsail-haul’, the order given in a square-rigged ship to haul round the after yards when it is nearly head to wind when tacking. A ship also hauls its wind when it is brought nearer to the wind after running free.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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