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A mast fitting in the form of a tabernacle used in spritsail barges and wherries to enable the mast to be lowered to deck level when passing under bridges etc. The mast, stepped on deck, is held in place by the lutchet, the after side of which is left open to allow free passage of the mast when it is lowered. It differs from a tabernacle, whose forward side is left open, in that the mast is pivoted at the base and not at the top of the fitting.

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