sally port

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1 A large port cut on each quarter of a fireship out of which officers and men made their escape into the boats towing alongside as soon as the fireship had grappled an enemy ship and the powder train was fired.

2 The entering port of a three-decker warship during the days of sail.

3 A landing place in Portsmouth Harbour which was reserved for the use of boats from men-of-war in the harbour. It was from this landing place that Lord Nelson was rowed out to HMS Victory before sailing in September 1805 to join the British fleet off Cadiz before the battle of Trafalgar. See also warfare at sea.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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