- n. Plural form of davit.
“One service is distinguished by its "davits," the other by its "affidavits;" and they are mutually and equally admired for, and known by, their craft.”
“Besides the "davits," the following supports are provided Two small cranes are swung under the keel, on which the latter rests, preventing the settling of the boat's middle, while hanging suspended by the bow and stern.”
“At sea, the boats of a South Sea-man (generally four in number, spare ones omitted,) are suspended by tackles, hooked above, to curved timbers called "davits," vertically fixed to the ship's sides.”
“There was that matter of the deck-calking, the bronze rudder-irons, the overhauling of the engine, the new spinnaker boom, the new davits, and the repairs to the whale-boat.”
“The port lifeboat was missing, its iron davits, twisted and wrenched, testifying to the mightiness of the blow that had been struck the old”
“Leaping from the davits of the boat-deck above, they plunged downward, their faces and shoulders bowed forward, looking at the water.”
“They could hear the creaking of the davits and the commands of the officers.”
“The sailors hoisted the boat up, and swung it in on the davits.”
“That they did not succeed was due to the lack of a little oil on the ship's davits.”
“For we were drawn back from the pursuit of the strange boat by the creaking of the davits, and arrived at the Lancashire Queen just as the Italians were lowering their skiff.”
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