slip hook

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A hinged hook of which the tongue is held in place by a link which, when knocked off, allows the hook to open. Small slip hooks are used to secure the gripes of lifeboats when hoisted at a ship's davits so that they can be quickly released when required. Large slip hooks, cable stoppers, known as Blake slips or Blake stoppers, are used to hold the chain cables before anchoring and to secure them when the anchors are weighed.

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