from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Upright timbers projecting above the deck in the after part of a towboat, used for securing a tow-line.


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  • I observe that your motor-boat is fitted with towing-bitts.

    Kindred of the Dust

  • They found themselves on the broad, flat, spoon-shaped after-deck occupied by the strong towing-bitts and coils of cable.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde

  • While this was being done, the boat plied back and forth between the two vessels, passing a heavy hawser, which was made fast to the great towing-bitts on the schooner's forecastle-head.

    The Lost Poacher

  • The Brutus had stopped towing in response to the signal gun of the Southern Cross in time to prevent the towing-bitts being rooted out bodily or the cable parting.

    The Boy Aviators' Polar Dash or Facing Death in the Antarctic

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