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- noun nautical The process of cleaning the upper part of a ship's underwater hull and
daubingit with a protecting layer of antifoulingsubstance.
- noun nautical Any substance used for boot-topping, especially a
mixtureof tallow, sulphuror limeand rosin, which was commonly used to paintthe bottomsof wooden ships, as a deterrentagainst weedsand barnacles, and to reduce friction.
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A paint punt is a small, flat, square-ended raft with raised sides, used for floating around a ship's water line to renew the boot-topping paint.
Admiral Wharton assumes that as Cook expresses himself averse from having exploring ships sheathed in copper, owing to the difficulty of making repairs in case of accident far from proper facilities, and from the frequent mention of “heeling and boot-topping” in the Journal of the Endeavour, it is most probable that she was sheathed in wood.
Leever made a critical mistake in the middle of the pitch during his first run, boot-topping a gate, losing precious time.
One day, after I had been "boot-topping" the sloop with a composition of coal-tar and other stuff, and while I was taking my dinner, with the luxury of blackberry jam, I heard a commotion, and then a yell and a stampede, as the children ran away yelling: "The captain is eating coal-tar!
[Illustration: The _Spray_ ashore for "boot-topping" at the Keeling