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1 A light hawser used in the movement of a ship from one place to another by means of a kedge anchor, a capstan, or of men hauling on it. It is not a tow-rope, which involves the power of another ship. When used as a verb it describes the operation of moving a ship by means of warps from one position in harbour to another.

2 As a verb, it was also a term used in rigging lofts in the days of sail to mean the measurement and laying out of rigging before it was cut to the proper lengths. In this case the rigging was said to be warped before it was cut out.

3 The ropes used for securing a ship alongside a quay, jetty, etc., or another ship.

See also berthing hawsers.

See also berthing hawsers.

4 A packet of four herrings is known as a warp, though the term is mainly confined to the east coasts of Britain which border the North Sea herring fishery.

5 The ropes or wires attached to a trawl by which it is veered to the sea bottom.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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