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The after side, or lee edge, of a sail in a fore-and-aft rig and the outer edges of a square sail in square-rigged vessels; in the latter they are known as port and starboard leeches according to which side of the ship they are nearest. The leech-rope is that part of the bolt-rope which borders the leech of a sail. For illus. see fore-and-aft rig; square rig.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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