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Thimbles spliced into the bolt-rope on the leeches of a square-rigged sail at the end of the reef-bands. When the sail is to be reefed the cringles are hauled up the yard and lashed to it. In fore-and-aft-rigged sails, the reef-cringles, similarly set in the lines of the reef-points, become the new tack and clew of the sail when a reef is tied down.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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