dog vane

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A small temporary vane, often of cork and feathers threaded on a thin line and attached to a short staff. It was fixed on the weather gunwale of sailing ships to enable the helmsman to judge the direction of the wind.The Dog-vane staff the Quartermaster moves,The wind upon the larboard quarter proves.Ć

(H. B. Gascoigne, The Navigator's Fame (1825) )

Subjects: Maritime History.

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