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Samuel Pepys (1633—1703) naval official and diarist


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1 To plait, or weave, braided rope which, before the days of chain cable, used to be made from foxes and wound round the cable where it lay in the hawseholes to protect it from wear when the ship rode to its anchor in a rough sea.

2 To plot, in the sense of plotting a ship's course or position on a plotting sheet.

3 As a noun, an old name, c.17th century, for a chart or map, usually, but not necessarily, engraved. ‘Thence home, and took my Lord Sandwiches Draught of the Harbour of Portsmouth down to Ratcliffe to one Burston, to make a plat for the King and another for the Duke and another for himself—which will be very neat.’ Samuel Pepys, Diary, 18 February 1665.

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