crane lines

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1 Small ropes which were set up to keep the lee backstays from chafing against the yards of a square-rigged ship when the wind is blowing from either quarter.

2 The lines which were rove from the spritsail topmast to the centre of the forestay to steady the former, acting somewhat in the manner of a backstay. With the spritsail topmast set up on the bowsprit, there was no way of staying it except by such temporary means.

Subjects: Maritime History.

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