1 A short length of rope, usually braided or marled from end to end, which was used to bind the anchor cable temporarily to a messenger when in the days of sail the anchor was weighed by hand round the capstan.
2 Boys or men who worked the nippers when the anchors were being weighed were called nippers.
3 When the yards of square-rigged ships were wet and slippery, nippers were often used to form slings for them when they were hoisted.
4 A hammock lashed up with so little bedclothing in it that it would not stand on end in a hammock netting was also known as a nipper.
Use of nippers when weighing anchor
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